Recent Illinois legislation, becoming effective January 1, 2014, will make Illinois’s law one of the most thorough laws in protecting the victims of rape. The issue of what parental rights rapists’ maintain became a national topic after Ariel Castro repeatedly requested visitation rights with the daughter he conceived with one of the three women he kidnapped and held captive for more than a decade.
In many states, there are few protections for women who conceive through rape. In some states, rapist fathers can prevent rape victims from placing the rape-conceived child up for adoption. In other states, the rapist is permitted to request visitation and custody rights. The lack of protection for victims in these states forces women to continually relive their attack by rapists who assert their parental rights.Read More