My mom always called me that, “Nashville’s Sweetheart” my mom co manages a record company so I grew up singing. Country music is me! I have two younger sisters that are 16 and 12. They can sing to. But our mom is the best. Our poor dad can’t carry a tune to save his life. When I was a junior in high school I made a decision that forever changed my life. I had been really focused on music, it had taken over my life, in not really a good way. I needed to start putting my friends, and family first. So after ditching my friend Orianna about 1800 times I finally said I would go to a party with her. I was 16 and I knew my parents wouldn’t be cool with it. So I said we were staying at O’s. I had never drank before and no one there pressured me too, I just thought I would be “cool”. I didn’t even have that much to drink, but the room started spinning. I couldn’t find Orianna. I boy named, let’s call him Tyler, walked me into this bedroom so I could sleep it off. But then he got aggressively. I don’t know if I was weak from the alcohol or shock but I couldn’t move. When he was done I went to sleep. The next morning I did everything I could to forget. I thought that if I didn’t acknowledge that it happened that it wouldn’t have. This being said I didn’t take any precautions to get checked out after. About 2 months later I got really sick at school. I hadn’t had breakfast and I puked so much I passed out. At the hospital they told me I was pregnant. I had to tell my family what had happened. My mom cried and my dad was angry. We didn’t tell Della, my youngest sister, but Maddie was very upset. It was the hardest thing ever. After a lot of thought I decided to keep the baby. I gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Noah James. What happened to me happens to so many young girls and I want to change that!
— Hallie, age 19