Samantha Banducci came from a loving home, but she was a rebellious teen. She would sneak out of her parents’ house to hang out with friends or go to weekend parties without their knowledge. One night, she snuck out to attend a house party, where she was date-raped by multiple young men and became pregnant.

Her parents didn’t find out about the rape and pregnancy until three months later. They supported her decision to keep her baby, but many of her friends distanced themselves and she heard derogatory comments when she was out in public. She felt alone, isolated and ashamed. However, one male friend was empathetic. He complimented her, defended her from criticism and became her boyfriend.

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