In January 2014, Jennifer Christie was out of town on a work assignment. She was a wife, a mother of 4, and a highly regarded certified sign language interpreter. Her sunny disposition and sense of humor made her popular with agencies and clients, who already valued her exceptional talent and skill set.
While on her business trip, Jennifer was accosted, beaten and raped outside of her hotel one snowy morning. Her nearly naked body was found in an outside stairwell. Her attack was so brutal, even veteran police officers were shaken. Jennifer had to be treated for fractured ribs and fingers, and a small brain bleed left her with a seizure disorder. She also suffered from internal damage that required multiple surgeries. But the most shocking news about her attack came the following month.
Jennifer learned that she had become pregnant as a result of the rape.
Jennifer realized that she would never be the same woman again. Her life would forever be divided into two parts: life before the rape, and life after the rape.
Despite the circumstances surrounding her pregnancy, Jennifer and her husband Jeff accepted the news of a fifth child with peace. Jeff said, "This baby is a gift. This is something beautiful that has come of something so terrible."
Jennifer agreed to share her story with Save the 1 and it quickly went viral with over 1 million direct shares to Facebook. It’s been translated into many other languages and has appeared across the globe.
In the four years since the day that forever changed her life, Jennifer has become an international pro-life speaker, traveling the world to share her story of hope and joy after rape conception, laughing and crying with audiences, and sometimes sharing a song in American sign language. She's done numerous interviews for various media outlets, and her story can be found in newspapers and magazines worldwide.
Though she has lingering medical problems as a result of the rape, Jennifer will tell you she is a blessed woman. Of the son that she conceived during the rape she says, "He was never a 'rapist's' baby to us. He's just...ours. And he's wonderful. Healing is found as you save someone when you couldn't save yourself."
Jennifer has several speaking engagements booked stateside in the upcoming months, including the 2018 Bringing America Back to Life convention in Independence, Ohio, with Matt Walsh. Get more details by visiting the events tab at the top of our site.
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all photos courtesy of Jennifer Christie