Jane #2

Stories from Janes who have called the hotline in Texas. Names and identifying details have been changed.

The hotline received a call from a 16 year-old who reported that when she discovered she was pregnant she decided not to return to her home, school, or job for fear her father would find her and beat her for the pregnancy.

She refused to say where she was living for fear her father would hurt the people who took her in.

“The last time (my father) hit me,” she said, “was when the phone rang at midnight. He thought it was one of my friends. I was in my bed, and he started to hit me with the phone until it tore out of the wall. But I didn’t have to go to the hospital that time, so it wasn’t reported.”