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    An elementary school classmate (I'll call him Tommy) was born to a 13 year old girl who was raped by an elderly family friend. This 13 year old wasn't sent away by her Catholic family; they made her marry her rapist. This boggles my mind.

    She gave birth to Tommy and with help from her rapist's sister, left town, never to return. Everyone was afraid of what Tommy's reaction would be if he knew how he was conceived so he wasn't told. I found out because I overheard the nuns telling a new teacher. It was why they put up with Tommy's behavior; he routinely did things that got other kids expelled. The nuns felt sorry for him and they hoped to minimize his father's influence on him, which was pretty much impossible, considering that he was raising the boy.  I understand that he found out the truth when he was in high school and he started using drugs and drinking.

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