Stop Child Abuse #EndViolence
I saw this little girl
sitting at the last bench in park.
Her heads lowered on her knees
I went near this little girl
She looked at me with fear
and screamed- Leave me Please
"I am not here to harm you dear
Relax, you can trust me"
I was shocked at her aggression and wonder brought her to these
She turned her head away
with her hands firmly on her frock
in a bid to stretch it beyond the crease
I sensed something terrible
and looked around to see
if there was somebody around, who was accompanying her
I asked her if she has come with someone
as the park is not a right place at evening
for a little girl like her to be.
"Tell me your address angel
I will drop you to your home
or give me a phone number
where I can inform your family member
to pick you home"
"Home, family?" she muttered
Tears Rolled down her cheeks
My apprehension grew deeper
her conduct was not normal
and I need to go deeper into this
I sat close to her
and hold her hands in mine
"you can choose not to trust me.
I do not know what happened with you
If you do not want to tell,
it is still fine.
But let me sit here,
and tell me if I can help you anyway.
Except for letting you stay alone.
Unless you return your home"
"I don't want to go home.
I feel much safer here
at least no one here asked
met show my love by dare bare"
"Dare bare"? Those words shocked my vein
I was aghast to see her Bruises,
they left me in pain.
"Who did this to you?
Does your family knows your woe"
"Well, Yes he was a 'Family'
and family back at home
told me it's my shame
but a secret too.
A secret that I must never spill.
Does secret hurt like this always Aunty?
He said it is love
Does love pain so much, Aunty?
Can I chose not to 'love'?"
Aghast, Embarrassed and shocked, I did not knew what to say.
#ChildAbuse is a sad disease that has spread in not just our country but is prevalent all over the world. It is not just about the sexual violation or abuse but even #ViolenceOnChildren is #ChildAbuse. The most unfortunate thing is that it is as prevalent in close, protective walls of a child's home, a lot of time by the own family member or friend, as much a risk it is outside. Any kind of corporal punishment and all forms of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment as well as physical bullying and hazing by adults or by other children, amounts to child Abuse.
Signs to watch- Aggression, Depression, Bruises, Guilt, Behavioral change- Conduct, Fear, Experimenting [when you see child experimenting with toys or other children in sexual context]
The sad part is it prevails but the good part is that you can STOP #ChildAbuse and #EndAbuse. Do watch out for the above signs. The child may be from your family, acquaintance or totally stranger. But that should not stop you from raising awareness and helping the child out. Use your heart, conscience and Guts, make the difference. You never know how it will reward you, return your good help. It does.
Remember ignoring is equal to conducting this heinous Crime!
November 19th is World Day for Prevention of Abuse and Violence Against Children,
Join hands and take a step to #ENDviolence against children. I can #ENDviolence because #ItStartsWithMe.
Some Notorious act of men
Brings entire mankind to Shame,
and Toxic to Society.
Some causes for change
should be taken as fiery challenge
Be Inclusive, let go Indifference
Stop Child Abuse #EndViolence