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Dutch teen who was raped as a child and battled depression uses legal euthanasia to end her life

Dutch teen who was raped as a child and battled depression uses legal euthanasia to end her life

Postby smix » Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:01 am

Dutch teen who was raped as a child and battled depression uses legal euthanasia to end her life
New York Daily News

URL: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/ ... story.html
Category: Obituaries
Published: June 4, 2019

Description: A 17-year-old rape victim ended her life in the Netherlands with the help of legal euthanasia after she said her suffering became "unbearable." Noa Pothoven passed away Sunday at her home in the city of Arnhem, according to multiple reports. Euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands under certain conditions, including approval by a doctor. Pothoven wrote extensively about her battle with depression on social media and posted recently on Instagram that “within a maximum of 10 days I will die.” “I deliberated for quite a while whether or not I should share this, but decided to do it anyway,” she wrote, according to Inside Edition. “Maybe this comes as a surprise to some, given my posts about hospitalization, but my plan has been there for a long time and is not impulsive." She added that “I have quit eating and drinking for a while now, and after many discussions and evaluations, it was decided to let me go because my suffering is unbearable.” Pothoven had been raped and molested as a child and wrote a book about her battle with mental illness. She urged people not to try to change her mind about her decision. More than 6,000 people ended their lives using euthanasia in the Netherlands in 2017, according to Inside Edition.
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Dutch Girl Euthanized in Netherlands After Suffering Childhood Rape

Postby smix » Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:32 am

Dutch Girl Euthanized in Netherlands After Suffering Childhood Rape
Breitbart News

URL: https://www.breitbart.com/health/2019/0 ... hood-rape/
Category: Obituaries
Published: June 4, 2019

Description: A 17-year-old Dutch girl was euthanized at her home after saying the trauma of being raped as a child made her feel she couldn’t keep living. Taking advantage of the Netherlands’ permissive euthanasia laws, Noa Pothoven of Arnhem asked to be put to death because the suffering of having been molested and raped as a child was “unbearable,” a decision that does not require parental consent. She died last Sunday. Noa had battled for years with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anorexia after being molested and raped as a young girl, a topic she dealt with at length in a memoir titled Winning or Learning. She was sexually assaulted three times as a youngster, the first two times she was molested when she attended children’s parties at the ages of 11 and 12, and the third times when she was raped by two men when she was 14. “Out of fear and shame, I relive the fear, that pain every day. Always scared, always on my guard. And to this day my body still feels dirty,” she said. “My house has been broken into, my body, that can never be undone.” Noa said she hoped her book would help vulnerable youngsters in difficult situations, saying that the Netherlands lacks specialized institutions or clinics where troubled teens can go for psychological help. The girl announced her decision to die on social media, telling her followers that her decision was not “impulsive” and requesting that no one try to persuade her not to go through with her plan. The day before her death, Noa posted: “I breathe but I no longer live.” “I deliberated for quite a while whether or not I should share this, but decided to do it anyway,” she wrote. “Maybe this comes as a surprise to some, given my posts about hospitalization, but my plan has been there for a long time and is not impulsive. “I will get straight to the point: within a maximum of 10 days I will die. After years of battling and fighting, I am drained. I have quit eating and drinking for a while now, and after many discussions and evaluations, it was decided to let me go because my suffering is unbearable,” she said. Noa asked her friends and followers on Instagram not to try to “convince me that this is not good, this is my decision and it is final.” “Love is letting go, in this case,” she said. In 2017, more than 6,500 people chose to end their own lives by euthanasia in the Netherlands, some 4.4 percent of the total number of registered deaths in the country for that year, according to the Regional Euthanasia Review Committee.
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