# 2 THE EYES THAT HAUNT ME
One hot September afternoon, Annie Henderson’s life changed forever. That was the day she was raped. Nine months later, she gave up the daughter she’d conceived on that terrible day. Forging a new life was difficult, but Annie had a successful military career and then had a family. Life was good, until the daughter she gave up reenters her life, and threatens to ruin it forever.
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For many adopted children, finding their birth parents is an important step in discovering not only who they are, but where they came from. There are many good reasons for this, not the least of which is learning about genetic problems that may be inherited. What often haunts an adopted child is one large question: why did their birth mother/parents give them up? (For more information, check out the Adoption Help website.)
Not everyone thinks that adoption records should be made public. As in THE EYES THAT HAUNT ME, Annie felt she was doing the right thing by putting her child up for adoption. After being raped, she knew she could never be a good mother to the baby she bore–and as a child herself, she wasn’t prepared to take on the responsibility of raising a daughter. Annie struggled to build a life for herself and never thought she’d come face-to-face with the a woman who bore an uncanny resemblance to the man who had violated her so many years before.
You can read more about the open records debate by clicking this link.