A 17-year-old Dutch girl who was a Victim of rape has finally ended her life after exhausting all her strength to keep living with the trauma.
Noa Pothoven, suffering from mental illness caused by rape and molestation as a child, made the decision to end her life at an assisted suicide clinic in the Netherlands.
The 17-year-old wrote about her struggles with mental illness in her book “Winning and Learning” after being molested and raped. Her euthanasia/euthanization was authorized in the Netherlands, where she lived and assisted-suicide is legal.
Under Netherlands law, a doctor has to sign off on the decision after concluding that the patient’s suffering is unbearable and likely to continue.
According to Inside Edition, Noa wrote on Instagram on the day before her death: “I deliberated for quite a while whether or not I should share this, but decided to do it anyway,” “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 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 wrote, according to Inside Edition. “Love is letting go, in this case.”
The teen from Amhem suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anorexia after being molested when she was 11 and 12 and raped by two men when she was 14. She reported the attacks to police last year.