Child Abuse Cause: Making a Difference

by Sandra
(Tampa, Florida, USA)

My Support System!!

My Support System!!

I haven't been able to look at this website since my last entry...I haven't really had the courage to do it...I started to feel nervous, sweaty, impatient and overwhelmed just at the thought of writing again.


So I am here today writing to you all about my weekend!

I had a full house this past week. My children came from Miami. My mother came from NYC. My sister-in-law, brother and my 3 nieces stayed over every day (live in Tampa). My friend from Miami came to support, and my sister, her husband and my nephew came from NYC. There was a "c" 3-mile run and 1-mile run taking place in Tampa and we wanted to support, so we made T-shirts and went on Saturday. We arrived late, but we got there before the ending time of the event.

Well, to OUR amazement there was NO TRACE AT ALL that an event had taken place. There was supposed to be booths with face painting and finger printing for the children and other stuff. But NOTHING!! We saw nothing..."maybe it finished early", we were arguing BUT how though no trace of anyone breaking a booth down or NOTHING. We drove around for about 15 minutes and then went back home. As I drove I was thanking God that 1-my kids were in the other car (they don't know my reasons for being so passionate about this cause) and 2-that I had my glasses on, because my mom was in the front with me and I didn't want her to see me tearing. I was in shock!!

Is it that people just do not care about CHILD ABUSE...is it that everyone just wants to pretend that it doesn't happen??

Child Abuse is REAL and unfortunately IT DOES HAPPEN EVERY DAY!! I just want to say this...

"DO NOT WAIT UNTIL CHILD ABUSE IS KNOCKING AT YOUR DOOR TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! MAKE SURE THAT IF YOU ARE A VICTIM YOU INVOLVE EVERYONE THAT YOU KNOW SO THAT NO ONE ELSE HAS TO GO THROUGH WHAT WE HAVE GONE THROUGH! IF YOU KNOW OF A LOVED ONE THAT WENT THROUGH ANY TYPE OF ABUSE, SUPPORT THEM AND GET THEM INVOLVED IN STOPPING THE CYCLE AND SOMETIMES WE AS VICTIMS NEED A BIT OF A PUSH IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO DO SOMETHING! MAKE A DIFFERENCE...SPEAK UP!!"

I hope when I go with my family next year that there is a HUGE difference in the turn of events and that instead of it finishing early due to lack of response, it runs OVERTIME!!

Thank you for reading this and let's work together to make a difference!!

God Bless!!

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Apr 16, 2009
Perhaps you can contact the organizer...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Sandra, I'm so sorry that this worthy event seems to have fizzled out due to lack of participation. While I make no excuses, perhaps one explanation is the fact that there was a $25 fee for the 5K run and a $20 fee for the 1-mile run; perhaps many could not afford it with the economy the way it is. Sadly, child abuse causes tend to be among the first of the causes to lose funding during such economic downturns. What makes it even sadder and more aggravating is the fact that child abuse itself rises exponentially during such times. It is during these times especially that we need to support such causes.

You and your family banded together to support the cause; be proud of that. Be proud of the fact that your intent was to turn pain into power by participating yourself and by bringing your whole family along for the day. Your hearts were certainly in the right place.

Perhaps you can contact the organizer to voice your thoughts on this matter. If you haven't already, they can be reached at K.I.D.S. Foundation 813-727-0786. Perhaps your voice can lend a much needed hand for next year's event.

Thank you for sharing your experience and thoughts about this, Sandra. I know it took a great deal of courage for you to do this, as it revisits some very painful memories to do so. Just remember: at your own pace and on your own terms. I for one see you as having a GREAT deal of courage.

And by the way, I LOVE the photo you included! You have a wonderful support system.

A Video Reading by Darlene Barriere
Darlene Barriere
Webmaster: www.child-abuse-effects.com
Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

Apr 17, 2009
Good on you, Be brave, be strong, Be persevering
by: Maurice

Hi Sarah, you are not sitting back, your doing something practical to inform people of the awfulness of abuse and it's effects on so many innocent children/teenagers/adolecents. You're on brave woman/special. Darlene certainly gave you a very supporting comment. She's very real and pratical in what she shares to each of us her visitors on her Haven of new beginnings for people who tell their story. Keep loving yourself, your family and friends who will walk with you in your great efforts to higlight abuse and it's effects.

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