Sur­vivor born from rape to at­tend can­dle­light march in Val­letta

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Re­becca Kiessling, a child born of rape, is tak­ing part in a Malta Stand Up for Life can­dle­light march on Satur­day, 3 De­cem­ber, at 5.30pm in Val­letta.

The meet­ing place is in front of Castille from where par­tic­i­pants will walk down Mer­chants Street, turn into St John Street (pass­ing in front of St John’s Co-Cathe­dral) and up Republic Street, fin­ish­ing in front of Par­lia­ment.

Ms Kiessling, who was adopted nearly from birth in Michi­gan, in the United States, learned when she was 18 that she was con­ceived out of a bru­tal rape at knife-point by a se­rial rapist.

“Like most peo­ple, I’d never con­sid­ered that abortion ap­plied to my life but, once I re­ceived this in­for­ma­tion, all of a sud­den I re­alised that not only does it ap­ply to my life, but it has to do with my very ex­is­tence,” she said.

“It was as if I could hear the echoes of all those peo­ple who, with the most sym­pa­thetic of tones, would say, “Well, ex­cept in cases of rape…” or who would rather fer­vently ex­claim in dis­gust: “Es­pe­cially in cases of rape!” All these peo­ple are out there who don‘t even know me, but are stand­ing in judg­ment of my life, so quick to dis­miss it just be­cause of how I was con­ceived.

“I felt like I was now go­ing to have to jus­tify my own ex­is­tence, that I would have to prove my­self to the world that I shouldn’t have been aborted and that I was wor­thy of liv­ing. I also re­mem­ber feel­ing like garbage be­cause of peo­ple who would say that my life was like garbage – that I was dis­pos­able.”

Dr Miriam Sciber­ras, Chair­man of Life Net­work Foundation Malta, said that the sec­ond edi­tion of the Malta Stand Up for Life march is a con­tin­u­a­tion of the cam­paign by lo­cal pro-life groups to de­fend life from con­cep­tion. “Malta’s stand up for life has never seemed more ur­gent and rel­e­vant as con­tin­u­ous at­tacks on the vul­ner­a­ble come forth,” she said.

Ms Kiessling’s visit is be­ing spon­sored by Life Net­work Foundation Malta.

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