April is National Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month
“It shouldn’t hurt to be a child.”
We have who have known the pain and the horror of child abuse are well aware of the long term consequences and the impact it has upon us mentally, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Our family and friends have also been affected by the hurts in our lives. How can we get the greater part of society to acknowledge these simple truths?
I believe that most people are caring and compassionate…and yet I am quite mindful of this simple reality – when it comes to raising the issues and the concerns of child abuse, in all of its forms, most people just turn away and don’t want to hear about. This denial is so strong and too entrenched…how can we reach out in kindness so people will no longer take the stance of “Hear No Evil, See No Evil and Speak No Evil”?
Most of us who are survivors, know of the harm that is caused when child abuse is not addressed. What can we do to help create Awareness, Acceptance and Action to help prevent and put an end to child abuse?
I would really like to know your thoughts and ideas regarding these questions, please let me know…
1] What would have helped you when the abuse was taking place?
2] What would help you today?
3] What can be done to help those being hurt now?
4] What can be done to help our family and friends who have been affected by our trauma and abuse?
I would like to create a document of your thoughts and ideas to then share with others – you can sign your name, your first name or be anonymous. Whatever feels right for you!
Thank you, Michael Skinner, musician, writer, advocate
“Your toxically shamed inner child doesn’t believe he has the right to want anything. You can champion him by listening carefully to what he needs and wants. You may not always be able to give him what he wants, but you can listen and give him permission to want it. Without desire and wanting, our life energy gets crushed.” John Bradshaw
Live performance of “Brush Away Your Tears” – a song written for those hurt as children