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Child Abuse- The Distorted, Denied story of every Child

“Childhood is filled with innocence and gay
Little did they knew of that prey
That monster ripped their dreams apart
And left a broken soul and a broken heart
Child abuse is the worst nightmare ever
No one ever speaks of but carries the pain forever”….
The distorted and denied story of every child. I remember when I was in class 4 I had trouble sleeping because of nightmares so my parents took me to a doctor where after few sessions the doctor realized that there was a small incident when I was in the primary class that directly or indirectly pointed to child abuse. It was hard for my parents to accept the fact but at that time little I knew about all these things but today after 23 years I cannot recall the incident but all I know there was pain, hatred, misery and darkness.
Childhood should be free as a bird filled with happiness and joy but children who are abused physically or mentally become a bird that has been caged for ages. It’s like putting them in a room full of darkness. They cannot express or share that incident because they themselves are not aware of what exactly has happened to them. That poor soul who has been put through so much at such a small age.
All they know is pain.. all they feel is depression.. They only learn to cry for help…happiness is just a false loop for them.. Their childhood is murdered and ripped into pieces. The black and the blues may fade away but the inflicted will stay.
According to UNICEF violence against children can be “physical and mental abuse and injury, neglect or negligent treatment, exploitation and sexual abuse. Violence may take place in homes, schools, orphanages, residential care facilities, on the streets, in the workplace, in prisons and in places of detention.” In 2007, the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) released a study report on child abuse. The report discusses the incidence of child abuse nationwide. It is estimated that 150 million girls and 73 million boys under 18 have been subjected to forced sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual violence.
Child abuse in India is often a hidden phenomenon especially when it happens in the home or by family members. Focus with regards to abuse has generally been in the more public domain such as child labor, prostitution, marriage, etc. Intra-family abuse or abuse that takes place in institutions such as schools or government homes has received minimal attention. Give your children a voice or rather be that voice. Don’t be a victim be a survivor. We all have the power to create a better future for the children so treat them well.
To be concerned is to be human. To act is to care.

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