By Janet Morana and Kevin Burke
Australian Celebrity Charlotte Dawson’s Suicide: The Sexual Abuse/Abortion Connection
New and important revelations from the May 11th edition of The Mail Online on the relationship of Charlotte Dawson’s suicide to abortion and sexual abuse:
Friends of Charlotte Dawson have revealed how the tragic TV star was caught up in a web of fear and depression in the months leading up to her death – and was still struggling to get over an abortion from years earlier.
Close friend Alex Perry shared that her abortion was the turning point in her life. Dawson and friends of her family spoke of her loving childhood, but also of sexual molestation as a child, and how this contributed to a lack of self worth.
When we first learned of Charlotte’s tragic death in February, the Main Stream Media tried to blame her death on cyber-bullying. But this interview broadcast Sunday evening May 11 on the Seven Network Australia further clarifies that the central cause of her desperation and despair was her abortion loss suffered in 2000.
The sexual molestation Charlotte experienced as a child not only was a contributor to her emotional suffering, it also likely had an important connection to her vulnerability to her coerced abortion. When a woman has experienced the intimate violation of sexual abuse, the abortion procedure can be experienced on a physiological and psychological level as a traumatic event that re enacts elements of that earlier abuse. After the abortion procedure this can cause an explosive, confusing and destabilizing flood of painful memories and feelings. [You can learn much more about the relationship of sexual abuse and abortion in this excerpt from Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion. ]
Charlotte was a famous and beautiful model, television star and celebrity. But there are many other such tragic accounts of women with abuse in their histories who are counseled that abortion is the only sensible and compassionate choice. Like Charlotte Dawson, this can lead over time to a sudden and shocking act like suicide. However for many other women, it is a slower process of self-destructive, self-shaming behaviors that can wreak havoc in their lives and relationships.
Pro-abortion apologists tell us we need to make abortion safe and easily accessible, especially for women with abuse in their history who often face unplanned pregnancies. The tragedy is that, like Charlotte Dawson, these are the women with the highest vulnerability to tragic reactions to the procedure.
Kevin Burke is the co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and coordinator of the Fatherhood Forever initiative of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.