Saraleah was 19 and a part-time student when she discovered she was pregnant. She didn’t know how it could have happened — until she flashed back to a party nine weeks earlier at which she was given a drink, realized it was vodka and then passed out.

Saraleah had been raped.

“I was in shock and felt like my life was over,” she wrote in an e-mail, asking that her full name not be used. “I was very scared because I had nothing and was trying to figure out how I was going to support myself and the baby.”

Abortion was never an option, she said. She looked into adoption but decided she wanted to prove herself as a mother. Her rabbi’s wife referred her to In Shifra’s Arms, a nonprofit organization in Silver Spring that provides assistance to pregnant Jewish women in crisis.

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