Internet claims teenager refuses paternity test after father claims she is not his
A young teenage girl has gained internet support after refusing to undergo a paternity test.
While it may seem like the kind of thing reserved for daytime talk shows, paternity testing is more common in the United States than many realize.
The National Library of Medicine estimates that up to 300,000 paternity tests are performed each year in the United States to include or exclude a man as the biological father of a child.
According to Jared Rosenthal, CEO and founder of Health Street, “up to 1 in 3 fathers who suspect they are not the father are right,” while about 3% of all fathers in the United States are raising children. children who are not theirs.
Rosenthal says that in many cases these men have been victims of what is known as “paternity fraud”. “Paternity fraud is when a woman intentionally deceives a man into believing he is the father of her child, when in fact she knows he is not,” he said. he declared.
In an article shared on Reddit’s “Am I The A ** hole” subreddit, a 16-year-old girl described the circumstances that caused her father to become “convinced” that she is “not his real daughter. “.
“My mom ran away to another country with a guy when I was 8 and lately my dad has become really sure she was cheating on him long before that and I’m actually someone’s baby. other, âshe wrote.
“He keeps talking about how big a problem paternity fraud is and he needs a paternity test to make sure he doesn’t get dragged into raising a child from a other man. “
The young girl said her new suspicions really hurt her, noting that she was not a “picky kid” and had “good grades” while avoiding the other temptations of young adulthood. . “Why does he feel like he’s so desperate that I’m not his?” ” she wrote. “Does he hate being my father so much?” “
Although she said she was “pretty sure” she was his daughter because they looked “similar”, she admitted to being “afraid” of what might happen if she weren’t. not and has so far refused to submit to the test. “Would he stop caring about me? Kick me out? I have nowhere to go,” she said.
When she told him that she would not take the tests, he “got mad at it” and asked her to do it “right now”. But despite her uncompromising stance on the subject, many urged the young woman to stand firm on the issue.
AosothSammy commented, âEight years ago Dad was lucky enough to have a paternity test when he had reason to believe she might not be his. He decided not to and continued to raise her as his child, whether she was his child or not. this has long set sail. “
BootsEx agreed. “What kind of monster would raise a real person from a baby to 16, find out there is no biological connection, and then dump them?” they asked. “I’ve only known my youngest for two years (she’s 2 years old and no matter what you’ve told me about her, she’s still a human being that I love and care about and she loves me. “
SnipesCC said: “If your love for a child is based on your DNA, then you never really liked that child. You just loved the idea of ââpassing your genes on.”
Issys, we have warned that even if tests prove he is his father, it may not be enough. wrote.
Holalesamigos, meanwhile, suggested that whatever the outcome, the damage may already be done. âEven though she is her father’s biological daughter, it is still an extremely s **** y thing to do,â they wrote. “Basically he told her that he wouldn’t hesitate to chase her if she wasn’t his and he didn’t value her as a person or the connection they have.”
Newsweek has contacted the original poster for comment.
Lately, family affairs have made it possible to engage content on social media.
A woman recently went viral after she kicked her father and wife out of their home when the couple announced they planned to name their future twins after their deceased siblings.
In contrast, a man gained support from the internet after refusing to allow his mother and father to move into his home, years after evicting him from the family home.