Ember Laura-Ellen Waving

Ember Laura-Ellen Waving
Waving to mommy and daddy at 13 weeks

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness

While bruises and broken bones may heal, the damage done to a child's heart and mind by both physical and emotional abuse will never go away. A little girl who's abused as a child by fathers, step-fathers etc is MUCH more likely to be in an abusive relationship as a teen and adult. A little boy who is abused is MUCH more likely to grow up to be an abuser himself. Abuse doesn't have to be aimed at a child for it to hurt them FOR LIFE. Watching their mother, or sibling be physically or emotionally abused damages the child as well. A boy who sees his mother abused is MUCH more likely to abuse his own wife or girlfriend and children. A girl who sees her mother abused is MUCH more likely to be abused by her husband or boyfriends.

Children are small, weaker, easy to maniplate by abusive or neglectful adults. They are eager to please, and protective of those they love. They don't want to be seen as "bad", they don't want to cause fights or "start trouble". They want to be loved, and when they are hurt, they believe they must have done something to deserve it. They are silent victims. Chances are a child you know, even a child you might love has been abused or neglected.

Neglecting a child IS ABUSE. Allowing a child to be scared or hurt by your husband, boyfriend or anyone is NEGLECT and ABUSE.

There are months and weeks that are declared "Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness" times, but we shouldn't limit spreading awareness to just then. Every day thousands of children, so many right in your town or city are being hit, terrorfied, watching their mother or siblings abused.
If you love children, yours or any, protect them.

Spread awareness, and SPEAK UP. By the time a child finally, if ever, speaks of it, it's too late, damage is done and they will never completely heal from it.

-Katherine Eagerton



P.S.-

I do not write to offend, for offense brings nothing of the change we need to see.

I write to make people think.

As a whole, I believe our society's largest and most wide-spread social problem is both ignorance and simply lacking the habit to think about our actions and others.

We do not want to see the pain and the problems, out of laziness, indifference, guilt or a fear that we can do nothing to help or change. So we put them out of mind and ignore them, pretending they are not there.

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