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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

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.