With the start of the new school year around the world, it is wise for us to be vigilant regarding our youth; this includes children everywhere, in every country. As responsible adults we can no longer be silent, but rather must become activists in the welfare and care of the next generation. Child Abuse is everywhere and knows no barriers in Nationality, Race, Ethnicity, or Economic status. There can always be a way out and a solution to all problems even this one. We need to bear this in mind when it comes to this particular societal ill. Be Aware and don’t look the other way and leave it to someone else to cure.
I take great pride in being an American. It has been very clear to me for a long, long time that had I not been an Abused Child, here in America, I might not have survived. How is that possible, you might wonder. To me, it’s very clear. In our great country, when something bad, unwarranted, or untimely happens to us as individuals, we have the opportunity to seek healing when it ends. It always ends, one way or the other.
For me, the initial healing was to get out of my abusive home and get an education. Our country allowed me, even as a minor, many opportunities to borrow monies to do so through low-interest government loans. I took advantage of that and received an excellent education that has allowed me to earn a good living. That is not the case in all countries.
In the years within my classroom teaching, I never once censored what I said. If I was asked a question, I answered professionally, but always with honesty. In our country, we have the Freedom of Speech and I cherish that. It has allowed me to write SPIRIT UNBROKEN to help other abuse victims.
In America, we have also the freedom of “choice.” If we don’t like something than we can strive to change it. That goes with our own lives too; it matters little what the challenge. I am working with all my God-given abilities to change the statistics on the silent epidemic of CHILDHOOD ABUSE. The more it is spoken and written about the greater odds of educating and enlightening. In America alone 1 of every 4 girls and 1 of every 6 boys are sexually abused by the age of 18.
This land is really a land of opportunity in all venues. I embrace my life knowing that I am free to become whatever I choose for myself. I have always known there was and is a way to put bad things aside , but we have to actively do it! As Americans we can either passively sit and wait for everything to be perfect in our individual lives and things to come to us without exerting any effort… or we can make every effort to improve not only our own lives, but those around us.
I “get” Dr. Matin Luther King’s “I HAVE A DREAM” speech…I always have. My own dream is that one day all children will grow up in safety here in our country and Child Abuse will be a thing of the past. Follow your dreams. In America we can do that with hard work and dedication. sue