Silence is not golden when it comes to our children!
We as parents, grandparents and adults need to be open to the signs of abuse and follow our natural instincts. Child safety MUST remain the priority at all times. Trust your gut. If you feel that something is not right, seek out help. It is difficult; people are often reluctant to contact the authorities due to a fear of breaking up a family. If you have even a suspicion that something is wrong, it’s better to call than not call the authorities and voice your concerns, if not open up to friends and family for support to act.
Children are often scared to speak up, despite improved awareness about child abuse, so we must be their voice. When there is abuse in the home it can be very hard for a child to go forward to anyone because they are worried about breaking up the family or being punished. If there are adults in the child’s life that are ignoring the abuse; looking the other way; they begin to believe there is no one to help; no one they can trust. They believe if they tell the abuse will only get worse.
Professionals such as teachers, health care workers and police have a legal obligation to report suspected abuse. I believe this should be applied to every adult in this country and all over the world. Until we have a legal obligation, let our moral one lead the way, and let’s wipe out child abuse and continue on to demand heavier penalties to deter any future despicable behaviors.
STAND UP PEOPLE! BE A VOICE FOR A CHILD WHO CAN’T SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES!
I read the post below on another’s blog. It has a wonderful message to those who have been abused…………….
One of the most difficult lessons in acceptance lies in the fact that we encounter situations that may not have been our fault (like a car crash) but which have consequences that require us to do p…
Source: Doing the Work of Healing
I want to share a poem with you all that I read a while back on another’s blog. I’m sure some of you will not like it. Anyone who has been in my position, they will get it. They will understand. After I read it the first time all I could say was “Wow!” Continue reading “This Little Light”
When friends asked me to skip half a day of school with them I knew I shouldn’t but I wanted so much to feel like any other 15 year old girl. After much discussion I finally allowed myself to be talked into it. So off we go, myself, 2 other girls and 2 boys. Our first stop was at a little convenience store in East Jena. Everyone starts bailing out of the truck and I say I’ll wait there. They all poked fun when I said I was afraid someone would recognize me but I knew it was best not to take the chance of being seen out. I sat in the truck waiting for them to return when another truck pulled up to the store. I tried to keep my head down but couldn’t resist looking up to see who it might be. Well, it turned out to be a man that worked with Bobby. He had seen me too. I knew right then I was in big trouble. All I could do was pray that he wouldn’t tell. Continue reading “The Day I Skipped School”
Came across this song yesterday and it hit a chord with me.
Many children suffer this type of abuse everyday yet these parents don’t see themselves as being abusive. Children don’t misbehave because they are bad children, they are misbehaving to get someone’s attention. They believe negative attention is better than no attention. Breaks my heart to see this happening!
This picture was taken shortly before we left Alexandria to move in with him. This is Momma, Jimmy, Cheryl, Me and Charlotte. The tall girl looking up at Momma is her little step-sister. Continue reading “Good Days”