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"Reaching Out Child Abuse Monument"
Sculptor: Michael C. Irving, Ph.D.

 

No Answers

He said, “Come with me.”
And I went there,
Again.
Did I have to?
Did I want to?
There were no answers
There are no answers
It was a secret
Not to be shared.

I am a spirit on a human journey
In the endless labyrinth of time
Pursuing life, the ultimate puzzle
A circle in space. The dance of life
Whose music leads me on.

Forgiveness is freedom
My hand is old
As are the memories
Of the child forever young.
My secret self,
I wept for her.
Forgiveness is peace
I am whole

Jeannette

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Remember

The young full of fear
in the ugly Pleasures of Wolves
I look for love
The need to belong in the Pack
Blind walls of innocence.
The baby’s Death Blood they bring me.
Rage, hate, anger in me.
For the whole babe is mine in me.

Chandra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALONE

All alone.
“Why?” she cried
In anger.
She died too late,
No one saved her.
Milk money,
None for her.
She loved,
She hated.
Always “why?”
Too much, too late.
Red
Her blood soaked panties;
White
Hot rage she fought
Always “why?”
Too much, too late.
Alone
She died too late.
Alone
Between love and hate.

Monica

 

 

 

HE SAID

He said:
"Tell no one – they wouldn't understand."
And then my young heart knew that something was wrong
But how could he be wrong.
My father's friend, my teacher and my idol?
Well, he couldn't be, so it must be me.
Now years later, I fully understand
The games he played with my body and my head
Yet still, I tell no one as I'd been warned.
Many would not want to know
What happened to me years ago
And the law counsels me as to what I should say
So that reputations untarnished lay
And I, just try to heal.

Barbara

 

 

 

 

CHILD WITH VISION
We need the justice System
To stamp on their feet
Bring back the child
We love so deep.
Do not ignore our cry
For help, help us heal
Our wounded heart.
For it is you that needs
To listen, Do Not Disturb
THE CHILD WITH VISION!

Derrick

 

 

 

 

A THREAT LETTER

Why does dad touch me so?
Why does mom neglect?
Do you think so little?
What is a child?
How do you, your flesh and blood.
What do I do to deserve day and night?
Isn’t a child a gift?
Is that what is done to gifts from God?
Take care
You will answer
There is the law
and God himself
Beware!

Susan

 

 

 

LAWS APPLYING TO CHILD ABUSE

Everyone has a personal responsibility to protect our children, not only to uphold their rights, but for the benefit of all members of society.

The laws on child abuse are primarily a provincial jurisdiction.

These laws are necessary as a measure of protection for children from all forms of abuse.

People who commit crimes against children should be punished to the same degree if not higher, as for the same crime against an adult, due to the vulnerability of children.

Section 43 is a federal regulation which allows for the physical hurting of children as a form of discipline. This regulation, when referred to in courts of law, has allowed for the condoning of brutal treatments of children. The law needs to be changed!

Through schools and the media children need to be informed about child abuse, their rights and where to turn for help.

Canada is a signatory on the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. These Rights have not been fully implemented. It is time to put these Children's Rights into practical and effective policies, laws and services.

If you suspect a child is being abused, please call your local child protection agency or the police. You don’t need proof and you can call anonymously.

 

 

 

 

Discussion - Laws Applying to Child Abuse

The public needs to know what the laws pertaining to child abuse are. They need to know what to do if a child discloses abuse, and when to call the police or other helping agencies. They need to know what to look for, to suspect, expect or know. What are the warning signs of abuse? People are often afraid to report abuse. Misinformation is common.

We need a process to help children become aware of and to understand the laws pertaining to abuse. These laws need to protect children first, not their families. They need to protect children from the onset. The laws must set standards for protection of children.

In Canada, the laws on child abuse are primarily a provincial jurisdiction. These laws are necessary as a measure of protection for children from all forms of abuse.

 

 

REFERENCES ON LAWS APPLYING TO CHILD ABUSE:

Bagley, Christopher and Raymond John Thomlison. Child Sexual Abuse: Critical Perspectives on Prevention, Intervention and Treatment. Toronto: Wall and Emerson 1991.

Brunet, Robin. “Feminist Psychology Takes a Beating: A B.C. Teacher’s Acquittal May Turn the Tide Against Purveyors of Repressed Memory Therapy.” Alberta Report, February 2, 1998, vol. 25 no. 7, p.44.

Department of Justice, Canada. What to Do if a Child Tells You of Sexual Abuse: Understanding the Law. Ottawa: Communications and Public Affairs, Dept. of Justice Canada, 1989.

Dranoff, Linda Silver. “Can A Woman Charge Her Father or Stepfather With Sexual Abuse… When She Was a Child or an Adolescent?” Chatelaine (English), April 1988, vol. 61 no. 4, p. 250, 252.

Dunsdon, Kelly. “Child Sexual Abuse: A Comparative Case Comment.” Canadian Journal of Family Law, 1995, vol. 12 no. 2, p. 441-56.

Durrant, Joan E. “Abolition of Corporal Punishment in Canada: Parents Versus Children’s Rights (1994) 2. The International Journal of Children’s Rights 129.” Canadian Journal of Family Law, 1995, vol. 12 no. 2, p. 457-8.

Dziech, Bill Wright and Charles B. Schudson. On Trial: America’s Courts and Their Treatment of Sexually Abused Children. Boston: Beacon Press. 1991.

Fennell, Tom. “Satan Factor: Bizarre Cults Promote Child Sex Abuse.” MacLean’s, June 22, 1992, vol. 105 no. 25, p. cover, 29.

Ford, Fred. “Rights of Children and Parents and the Duty of the State.” Entourage, 1997, vol. 10 no. 3-4, p.10-15.

Harnick, Joseph P. and Floyd Bolitho. A Review of the Implementation of the Child Sexual Abuse Legislation in Selected Sites. Ottawa: Communications and Consultation Branch. Dept. of Justice Canada, 1992.

Harvey, Wendy and Paulah Edwards Dauns. “Sexual Offences Against Children and the Criminal Process.” Canadian Law Libraries, August 1994, vol. 19 no. 3, p. 99-100.

Harvey, Wendy and Anne Watson-Russell. So, You Have to Go to Court: A Child’s Guide to Testifying as a Witness in Child Abuse Cases. Toronto: Butterworths, 1986.

Hunter, Laird. “Who is Responsible? Who Should Be? (Children’s Foundation Case).” Law Now, August-September 1996, vol. 21 no. 1 p.37.

Kieran, Sheila. The Family Matters: Two Centuries of Family Law and Life in Ontario. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 1986.

McDowell, Jim. “Wrongfully Denied DNA? A Lawyer Says Blood Would Have Refuted An Incest Charge.” BC Report, November 6, 1995, vol. 7 no. 10 p. 24-5.

McGovern, Celeste. “Fact or Fancy From the Mouths of Babes: The Supreme Court Will Judge the Credibility of Taped Children’s Evidence.” Alberta Report, January 4, 1993, vol. 10 no 3, p. 18-19.

McKechnie, Adele. “People Like Us Get A Life Sentence.” Alberta Report, September 14, 1998, vol. 25 no. 39, p.28.

Morrow, Jeff. “Child Advocate Pushes Rights of Children (Child Welfare Act Amendments).” Windspeaker, September 8, 1989, vol. 7 no. 27, p. 9.

National Film Board. Nova Scotia Dept. of Supply and Services (Information and Communication Services) Co-producers. A Child’s Day in Court. Film. Canada: Distributed by the National Film Board, 22 min., 1998.

Pence, Donna and Charles Wilson. The Role of Law Enforcement in the Response to Child Abuse and Neglect. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. 1992. (Online)

http://www.calib.com/nccanch
/pubs/law/index.htm.

Penfold, Susan. “Questionable Beliefs About Child Sexual Abuse Allegations During Custody Disputes.” Canadian Journal of Family Law, 2997, vol. 14 no. 1, p. 11-30.

Pittaway, Kim. “Sex Abuse Survivors Now Have More Time to Sue Their Abusers”. Canadian Living, February 1993, vol. 18 no. 2, p. 121.

Schlesinger, Joel. “Residential Schools On Trial: a UN-Affiliated Tribunal Could Find Canada Guilty of Cultural Genocide.” BC Report, June 29, 1998, vol. 9 no. 43 p. 27.

Shapiro, Laura. “Rush to Judgement: America is Now at War Against Child Abuse. But Some Recent Cases Suggest We May Be Pushing Too Hard, Too Fast.” Newsweek, April 19, 1992, vol. 121 no. 16, p cover, 54-60.

Sheremata, Davis. “Make the Lawyers Pay: A Bill Currently Before the Senate Would Penalize Lawyers Bringing Vexatious Claims of ‘Ritual Abuse’.” Alberta Report, March 3 1997, vol. 24 no. 12 p. 29-30.

----------. “Minimal Burden of Proof: Civil Charges of Sexual Abuse Have A High Probability of Success.” Western Report, September 2 1996, vol. 11 no. 33 p. 32 (English).

Sullivan, Terrence James. Sexual Abuse and the Rights of Children: Reforming Canadian Law. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1992.

Woodard, Joe. “Wolf In Shepherd’s Clothing? The Edmonton Catholic Archdiocese is Accused of Shielding a Priest-Pedophile.” Alberta Report, August 10, 1998, vol. 25 no. 34 p.34-5.

Yurchesyn, Kathaleen, Ann Keith and K. Edward Renner. “Contrasting Perspectives on the Nature of Sexual Assault Provided by a Service for Sexual Assault Victims and by the Law Courts.” Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, January 1992, vol. 24 no. 1, p.71-85.

Zarb, Lise Helene. “Allegations of Childhood Sexual Abuse in Custody and Access Disputes: What Care is in the Best Interests of the Child.” Canadian Journal of Family Law, 1994, vol. 12 no. 1, p. 91-114.

“Fighting The Child Sex Trade: Putting Abuse in the Spotlight. International Pressure Can Help”. World Press Review, November 1996, vol. 43 no. 11 pcover, 7-8 (English).

“Judge’s Comments Provoke Storm of Criticism”. Herizons, summer 1997 vol. 22 no. 3 p. 10.

“Legal Abuse: Child Sex Trials.” Economist, December 16, 1995, vol. 337 no. 7945, p. 25.

 

 

 



I died at the hands of cruel and unusal punishment!
Julie Atwood
Archive

 

 


Child abuse affects
children of all voters!
Maria

 

 


Help kids live.
Stop the violence.
Al

 

 


Every life counts.
Carla

 

 


I feel that we should
have all the people who
abuse children be
put behind bars (Jail)
for life!
J.F. age 16

 

 


It took 40 years of fear
before I was set free.

 

 


Spanking is not
discipline.
Raise a hand to a child
only to hold and love
them.
Abuse hurts!
Stop the hurt!
Carmen

 

 


Reach Out to Parents
and caregivers.
No parent should feel
alone.
No child should be
abused!

 

 


Stop child abuse
worldwide.

 

 


Because every child
deserves to smile
everyday...

 

 


I don't like when
people hit other.
Brianna

 

 


I think it is scary!
Myles, age 11

 

 


Don't let the anger and
mistake pass on!!!

Care for them,
don't abuse them!
Make a new generation.

 

 


Please stop the violence
and the wars.

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