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Say NO to child abuse

The following is a forwarded mail

WARNING! Shocking images ahead
I know this is horrific to read and see, but if it helps to stop child abuse, we must all pass it on.


My name is Sarah

I am but three,
My eyes are swollen
I cannot see.

I must be stupid,

I must be bad,
what else could have made
my daddy so mad?

I wish I were better,
I wish I weren’t ugly,
then maybe my Mommy
would still want to hug me.

I can’t speak at all,

I can’t do a wrong
or else I’m locked up
all the day long.

When I awake

I’m all alone
the house is dark
my folks aren’t home.

When my Mommy does come

I’ll try and be nice,
so maybe I’ll get just
one whipping tonight.

Don’t make a sound!

I just heard a car
my daddy is back
from Charlie’s Bar.

I hear him curse

my name he calls
I press myself
against the wall.

I try and hide

from his evil eyes
I’m so afraid now
I’m starting to cry.

He finds me weeping
he shouts ugly words,
he says its my fault
that he suffers at work.

He slaps me and hits me
and yells at me more,
I finally get free
and I run for the door.

He’s already locked it
and I start to bawl,
he takes me and throws me
against the hard wall.

I fall to the floor
with my bones nearly broken,
and my daddy continues
with more bad words spoken.

‘I’m sorry!’ I scream
but its now much too late
his face has been twisted
into unimaginable hate.

The hurt and the pain
again and again
oh please God, have mercy!
oh please let it end!

And he finally stops

and heads for the door,
while I lay there motionless
sprawled on the floor.

My name is Sarah
and I am but three,
tonight my daddy
murdered me.

There are thousands of kids out there just like Sarah. And you can help

I received this as a forwarded email last week because it was CHILD PROTECTION AWARENESS WEEK.

These pictures are not an exaggeration of what happens to some children. I do not work with children of abuse…I don’t think I would last long. But I do work with young people who have been victims of abuse and unlike Sarah in the poem, are still alive to tell their horrific tales.

This has been posted as part of Blue Ribbon Against Child Abuse with the hope that it might indirectly save a child’s life.

To those of you in Australia: If you suspect a child being abused or neglected, please call the department of community services and make a report. Everyone can be responsible and give a helpless child a voice. In NSW, the number is 132111 for reporting suspected risk of harm.

So do your bit. And speak out against child abuse.

Until next time,


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  • Naveen kumar
    September 17, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    anyone who can hit their kids like this cant be human

  • Solilo
    September 17, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Oh my! I can’t write anything here. Cruel people!

  • Titaxy
    September 17, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    oh this is so horrible, Psych…i couldn’t get myself to look at the pics…how can they do this to kids? 🙁

  • Psych Babbler
    September 18, 2009 at 9:24 am

    @ Naveen: Yeah…makes you wonder what possessed them to become parents in the first place!

    @ Solilo: Tell me about it!

    @ Titaxy: Sorry…didn’t mean to shock you but also wanted to put it out there so people can see what some kids have to go through. I still cannot fathom how anyone could do this to kids.

  • Sidthegnomenator
    September 18, 2009 at 9:41 am

    It amazes me that this can ever happen. Some people just aren’t meant to be parents, are they?

  • Psych Babbler
    September 18, 2009 at 10:09 am

    @ Sid: It is a sad state of affairs. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: You need to sit a test for a driving license but any Tom, Dick or Sally can become a parent! I honestly think there should be tests (even though that’s getting into controversial area…) to see who is capable of being a parent.

  • indianhomemaker
    September 20, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Oh my god! But I am glad you put it up. I have read some of these horrifying stories. I will blog about this too.

  • Psych Babbler
    September 20, 2009 at 10:17 am

    @IHM: Yea…I fail to understand how any human being can do this to a little child! I’ve worked with young people suffering from trauma after being physically abused when they were toddlers!!! It still shocks me.

  • Psych Babbler
    September 20, 2009 at 10:18 am

    @ All: I think what’s important to realise is that abuse of kids has nothing to do with race, religion, culture or even wealth. There’s a stereotype that it’s only in the poorer areas (at least here there’s that stereotype) but that’s so not the case according to stats.

  • rocksea
    September 20, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    i cannot imagine how someone could do this!! 🙁

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