Dutch teenage rape survivor ends life with legal euthanasia

A 17-year-old woman from the Netherlands, a survivor of sexual abuse, has ended her life in a state-approved euthanasia program after a years-long battle with despair and psychological sickness.

Noa Pothoven took her personal life in her dwelling in Arnhem on Sunday, with the help of an finish of life clinic. Suicide is legal within the nation underneath the Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide Act of 2001, however requires the approval of a doctor, who should conclude the affected person’s anguish is unbearable.

The day earlier than her loss of life, Pothoven shared her choice with greater than 10,000 followers on Instagram.

Within a most of 10 days I’ll die,” she wrote. “After years of combating and combating it’s completed. I’ve now stopped consuming and consuming for some time, and after many conversations and critiques it has been determined that I shall be launched as a result of my struggling is insufferable. It’s completed.”

Love is letting go, on this case.

Pothoven blogged about psychological well being points and wrote about her battle with despair in a prize-winning autobiography, ‘Winning and Learning.’ In the e-book, the teenager additionally detailed experiences with sexual abuse and rape, which she stated she hid for years out of disgrace.

Though euthanasia stays extremely controversial, every year a higher variety of folks undergo with the process. According to the newest information, in 2017 there have been over 6,500 assisted suicides within the Netherlands, an 8 % improve from the earlier 12 months. Euthanasia can be legal in Canada and Belgium.