Ashley’s story tugged on the heart strings of millions of Americans when she spoke out two years ago about her decision to reject an abortion after being raped.
Ashley prosecuted her rapist, her brother’s friend, and he was charged and convicted on three counts as Ashley wasn’t his only victim.
Her son’s name is Aiden. Ashley continues to speak at pro-life conferences, giving advice to young girls: “Always stay strong and remember you’re not what happened to you in your life, you’re what you choose to become.”
Now 15, Ashley is a freshman in high school and has adapted to her new role as a student and mother. After Aiden’s birth, Ashley discovered that the boy who was convicted of raping her was allowed to attend the same school.
The rapist, who was also a minor when the crime occurred, was protected as a juvenile and his identity was never released. A straight A student, Ashley transferred to an alternative school.
Last summer, Ashley’s family faced another tragedy when her brother was killed by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bike. The perpetrator has yet to be identified. Through prayer and assistance from family and friends, the family is putting their lives back together once again.
Currently, Ashley does not receive support from the State of Indiana. If Ashley files for any kind of government assistance, the state must follow up with Aiden’s biological father for financial assistance but in return, this would mean he can demand visitation rights.
Pro-life speaker Monica Kelsey is updating Life News on Ashley and Aiden’s well-being. She also has updates on her Facebook page. “I am humbled by the support that [everybody] is giving to Ashley and Aiden and the messages of encouragement you are sending to her,” Kelsey posted on Facebook with a photo of the young mother. “Back in 2013 when I met Ashley I never thought that we would have so many faithful supports.”
Donations to Ashley and Aiden are being accepted through Living Exceptions.