We seriously need to raise awareness towards preventing Child abuse, especially sexual abuse, as a previous victim I can not stress this loud enough. Abuse is a Global problem. This is an alarming trouble which needs increased attention and efficient protection skills. Prevention measures are necessary and needs to begin right at the core centre of the family, friend, within one’s own community, nationally and of course at an international level.
No more silence and hiding the abuse by sweeping it under the rug. Sexual child abuse is not only being more and more denounced but should be part of the public and political topic. I am writing my autobiography ‘Victim of Circumstance’ just to show this. I am doing a project of poems of my life. All this is taking time as when I write I relive the moments just as if they had happened yesterday.
We seriously need to increased awareness, as child sexual abuse remains a serious public health issue. Research suggests that 1 in 6 children are sexually abused before they reach the age of 16. The costs are enormous, both to individuals who suffer the trauma of abuse and to their families and communities. Contrary to popular belief, research shows that children are far more likely to be abused by someone they know than by a stranger and that statement alone is so true. I was abused by my father and someone he knew to which my father attained money for the incident, this has never ever left me. Then, there is my aunt Anna who was sexually abused by her piano tutor and was told never to mention this as this could ruin the tutor’s reputation.
The most common abuser is a member of the child’s family or a friend or neighbour. In this situation, children are particularly powerless to protect themselves. Few people realise that many children are abused by older children or adolescents; some of these young people have themselves been abused.
Lets play a more active role in the promotion of Child Abuse and let us show respect for the rights of the child (article 19 and 34* of the Convention on the Rights of the Child).
We can contribute to the prevention of child abuse, the WWSF launched in 2000 the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse, a Day to be commemorated every 19 November in synergy with the anniversary of the International Day for the rights of the child (20 November) which operates to help with the issue of child abuse and the need for urgent effective prevention programs.
To make the Day a global call for action, WWSF launched in 2001 an international NGO coalition that marks the World Day with appropriate events and activities to focus on and increase prevention education. So Let us not just wait for next year to raise awareness once more but let’s do it together and join forces and re-tweet, share this awareness as much as we can and lets write our atrocities down in hope that others can see that this is not what any one should suffer but that they are owed love and respect as much as your next neighbour.
I would love for people who had suffered with these atrocities to write to me and together we could put an ensemble of poems to raise awareness. Please, don’t stay silent, get in touch and lets see what we could do together.
Dates for the year 2018
22nd World Nutrition and Pediatrics Healthcare Conference
International Congress in Prague Sept 2018
Children’s Rights in France