READ: Pregnant rape victim begs for abortion in heartbreaking letter

“I was raped… please help me.”


by Kayleigh Dray |
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When she was just 23-years-old, Abyan was brutally raped, left helpless, and pregnant.

After months of pleading, the Somalian refugee was taken to mainland Australia because an abortion could not be performed in Nauru.

But the government said that, once in Australia, she changed her mind.

She “decided not to proceed with the termination,” claimed immigration minister, Peter Dutton.

However it seems as if that may have not been the case.

According to reports, the young woman was allegedly flown back to Nauru, an island upon which Australia has an immigration detention centre, and denied the right to an abortion.

A letter, reportedly penned by Abyan, has been shared by her lawyer on Facebook:

A statement from Abyan > >

Posted by [George Newhouse](#) on [Sunday, 18 October 2015](

Her letter reads:

*I was raped on Nauru. I have been very sick. I have never said that I did not want a termination. *

I never saw a doctor. I saw a nurse at a clinic but there was no counselling.

*I saw a nurse at Villawood but there was no interpreter. I asked but was not allowed to talk with my lawyer. *

Please help me.

Writing on, her lawyer George Newhouse said: “This is desperate. The trauma will never leave her - this is the least we can do.

“This young girl was raped and left stranded – bring her to Australia for urgent treatment.”

Advocates and her lawyer insists that Abyan, who is fourteen weeks pregnant, only wanted counselling before the operation.

According to The Guardian, Peter Dutton has denied her claims, and said that Abyan had been offered medical help even before arriving in Australia.

He explained: “I am advised that counselling was provided to the lady before she departed Nauru, and assistance otherwise no doubt.”

He has not ruled out bringing the woman back to Australia if she decides she does want the termination.

“We’ll make a decision that we believe is in the best interests of the patient,” he said. “That will be the test that we apply.”

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