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I am enjoying my visit with my children! They bring me so much joy! 

I for one can NOT imagine hurting any of my children! To me, it has to take a very sick mind to hurt a child. There is a lot of  talk about grown ups being abused, but let us not forget about the little ones.

I woke up this morning and fixed my cup of coffee and watched some news and once again there was stories of children being abused and babies being abandoned. I couldn’t help but think of my children and how much I love them and how much of a sick mind it takes to hurt a precious child. When they woke up, they got an extra hug.

Here are some shocking statistics about child abuse:

Shocking Statistics About Child Abuse

  • 48% of abused children are boys
  • 52% of abused children are girls
  • 45% of abused children are white race
  • 22% of abused children are African American race
  • 22% of abused children are Hispanic race

Dramatic Increase In Child Abuse Statistics

Let us be their voice and help stop the violence against children!

 

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Speechless (really sad)

Abuse Poem I did not write this poem

I made this because of personal reasons. But I love  this poem and would like to touch many peoples hearts. I fight against child  abuse!

Speechless

©             Kyra Lee
My Name Is Sasha My Sister Is Leigh I am six  And she is three
Our dads always mad He screams and he yells  I don’t think he likes us It’s easy to tell
Mums only  kind When dad’s not around And when he is home She hardly makes a  sound
Mums always out, Never home Dads always drunk, And always  alone
As soon as we hear Those jingly keys We run and hide We  run and plea
We find a place And curl up tight I hold her  hand And she holds mine
And soon enough Dad then walks in  Don’t make a sound, don’t say a word I pray inside, deep  within
But Leigh, she cannot help herself For the pain is just too  much “O-God” she yells “Why are you so mean?”
He doesn’t like what  she has said And beats her even more And with one last hit Hard and  strong, he pulls away and watches
She takes one last Gasp of air Our  hands still holding Then falls to the ground where I sat And doesn’t move  a muscle
I stare at him My eyes so blue He looks at me And  yells “O you!”
“How dare you Make me so mad This is all your fault  Go cry be sad!”
My name is Sasha My sister is Leigh I am  six And my beautiful sister was only three
That day my  Daddy Murdered her My best friend She was my world
We stuck  together Through thick and thin But now she’s gone I’m lost  within
When I was six my sister three My Daddy murdered Leigh  Since that day I have not spoke For it’s speaking that made her  die.

Source: Child Abuse Ends In Death, Speechless, Abuse Poem http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/child-abuse-ends-in-death-speechless#ixzz2MC0KiGtv http://www.FamilyFriendPoems.com

I Was A Child

child abuse 1

I got this off of another persons blog, their link is below. I hate to have to show this kind of picture but if you don’t get out of an abusive situation…this is what could happen to your children.

http://phillybookpicks.wordpress.com/

Show your support by reading this poem or forwarding this posting. Of  all crimes committed against a person, rape is the one that leaves a person feeling the most violated. A rape victim is often left with the feeling that a part of them has been torn apart. Writing down their express feeling in a poem, is away to release angry, trauma and begin the healing survivor process. Please read one the rape victim’s poem for awareness. Hope you will go to (http://www.aftersilence.org/ ) to show your support, thank you

 

” I Was a Child “

 

No, I won’t stay silent anymore.
No, I’m not your good little girl, your princess, your sunshine.
No, it isn’t my responsibility to save your marriage,
To hold the family together, to make you happy.
No, I’m not responsible that you and mum slept in separate beds,
That your family isn’t perfect.
No, it wasn’t nice or fun.
No, it wasn’t OK with me and I didn’t enjoy it.
No, your money won’t make it all better,
Your gifts don’t compensate me.
No, I won’t do anything for your love,
Your approval, your affection.
No, I won’t be blamed or lose respect if I tell what happened.
No, the sky won’t cave in and I won’t be left alone.
No, I won’t deny that it ever happened,
Suppress my feelings or play happy families.
No, I wasn’t horrible or evil.
No, I didn’t deserve it.
I was a child.

Car Games

These games are to help you and your children keep preoccupied while driving to your SAFE destination.

The House on the Hill
Invent stories about people in the houses you are driving by. What do you think they do for work? What’s their favorite food? Where do they go on vacation? Get into lots of details, such as whether they snore loudly or are afraid of spiders. Give them names, hobbies, pets, and so on.

I Spy
Someone says, “I spy with my little eye something green.” Whoever guesses the item correctly goes next. You could limit the items to what’s in the area. Or you could get tricky and play I Spied, selecting items that you’ve already passed.

Raindrop Race
On a rainy day, each player traces the course of a raindrop down the car window. The first drop to reach the bottom wins.

More Backseat Tips

Strap a shoe bag to the back of the front seat and stuff it with your small kid-entertainment supplies: crayons and coloring books; kids’ magazines; craft supplies, such as pipe cleaners, markers, glue sticks, and construction paper; songbooks; paper doll kits; a deck of cards; and a cassette player with story tapes. And don’t forget a Frisbee, jump rope, and chalk (to draw hopscotch grids) for rest stops.

  • mini-puzzles with a backboard
  • video games, cassette or CD player (with headphones)
  • travel versions of board games
  • stuffed animals
  • Etch A Sketch
  • cookie sheet (a good lap tray)
  • word puzzles
  • small action figures or dolls
  • stickers
  • Trivial Pursuit cards
  • cotton string (for cat’s cradle games)

10 Signs Of Child Abuse

Unexplained injuries. Visible signs of physical abuse may include unexplained burns or bruises in the shape of objects. You may also hear unconvincing explanations of a child’s injuries.
Changes in behavior. Abuse can lead to many changes in a child’s behavior. Abused children often appear scared, anxious, depressed, withdrawn or more aggressive.
Returning to earlier behaviors. Abused children may display behaviors shown at earlier ages, such as thumb-sucking, bed-wetting, fear of the dark or strangers. For some children, even loss of acquired language or memory problems may be an issue.
Fear of going home. Abused children may express apprehension or anxiety about leaving school or about going places with the person who is abusing them.
Changes in eating. The stress, fear and anxiety caused by abuse can lead to changes in a child’s eating behaviors, which may result in weight gain or weight loss.
Changes in sleeping. Abused children may have frequent nightmares or have difficulty falling asleep, and as a result may appear tired or fatigued.
Changes in school performance and attendance. Abused children may have difficulty concentrating in school or have excessive absences, sometimes due to adults trying to hide the children’s injuries from authorities.
Lack of personal care or hygiene. Abused and neglected children may appear uncared for. They may present as consistently dirty and have severe body odor, or they may lack sufficient clothing for the weather.
Risk-taking behaviors. Young people who are being abused may engage in high-risk activities such as using drugs or alcohol or carrying a weapon.
Inappropriate sexual behaviors. Children who have been sexually abused may exhibit overly sexualized behavior or use explicit sexual language.
Some signs that a child is experiencing violence or abuse are more obvious than others. Trust your instincts! Suspected abuse is enough of a reason to contact the authorities. You do not need proof.

If You Suspect A Child Has Been Abused

ome signs that a child is experiencing violence or abuse are more obvious than others. Trust your instincts. Suspected abuse is sufficient to contact the authorities. You do not need proof.

If you suspect a child has been abused…

DO:

  • Keep calm.
  • Tell the child you believe them.
  • Show interest and concern.
  • Reassure and support the child.
  • Take action. It could save a child’s life.

DON’T:

  • Panic or overreact.
  • Pressure the child.
  • Confront the offender.
  • Blame the child or minimize the child’s feelings.
  • Overwhelm the child with questions.

Remember….

  • Suspicion of abuse is all that is necessary to file a report
  • Your information can be given anonymously
  • You will be asked to describe your concerns about the child and it will be helpful if you can provide: the child’s name, age, address, gender, school attended (if possible), and names of parents.

 

 

Some Signs of Child Abuse or Neglect

Signs of Abuse and Neglect

Download this tip card to learn more about the signs and ways you can help prevent child abuse and neglect, available from the One Strong ‘Ohana campaign.

If you suspect someone is at risk for child abuse or neglect, click here or call the National Child Abuse Hotline at
1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453).

It can be difficult to know when a child is being abused; their reactions can vary by personality, culture or age. Common clues to watch for include:

  • Changes in mood and behavior.Abused children can appear more aggressive, scared, anxious, depressed or withdrawn. They may be anxious about leaving school or going places with the abuser.

 

 

  • Changes in school performance and attendance. Abused children may have difficulty concentrating in school or have excessive absences. A child may also present as an overachiever and possibly be hyper-vigilant about grades or school activities.

 

  • Lack of personal care or hygiene. Children may appear uncared for or exhibit poor hygiene as a result of parental neglect or sexual abuse.

 

  • Risk-taking behaviors. Young people who are being abused may engage in high-risk activities such as using drugs or alcohol, carrying a weapon or overly sexualized behavior.

If a child discloses to you, don’t confront the abuser.
Let the child know you believe them and don’t blame them; talk to a professional.