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Child Abuse From The Child's Point Of View

Updated on February 18, 2013

Stop The Abuse

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My Own Personal Hell

©LaDena Campbell aka justateacher



Every day I come to school

The bruises I try to hide

I can’t even remember

All the times I have lied

To try to protect my parents

Those who did this all to me

They are all the family I have

This is just the way life has to be

Sometimes when I come to school

I can’t wait for the breakfast and lunch to eat

It is one of the things that help me

I cannot admit to defeat

One day my teachers asked me

About the bruises up and down my arm

They asked me if my parents

Were the ones who did me harm

I had to think fast that day

Had to make sure to say the right thing

One wrong word would do more harm

I had to be careful not to “sing”

I looked up at my teacher

Thought of the lies I had told before

Tried to think of just the right words

To keep the authorities from coming through our door

I told the teacher the bruises

Had come from me playing rough with the kids

I had to be very careful to keep my sleeves down

To make sure the other bruises stayed well hid

Somehow this teacher saw through

All of the stories I had to tell

She called the authorities anyway

And rescued me from my personal hell…

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      sgbrown - thank you for reading. I do what I can for these children and just hope that it's the right thing...

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is a wonderfully done piece. I just want to tell you that I thank God that you are there to help these children. To few people would pick up the phone to call and help these children. Voting up, awesome and sharing! :)

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I agree Jaydene...we have to empower the kids...that is the best way to help them...

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      jaydene 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Yes we must raise awareness, and pray for sure, also getting it out there to the kids, that they have the right to be kept safe, and to find safe people, to talk to away from any threats they may be getting, to not talk. this is the instilled fear, that needs to have it's false power defused.

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      jaydene - I think the only way we can stop this is to raise awareness and pray...thanks for reading and commenting,

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      jaydene 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      So awful to think of, How can we get this to stop?

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Voted up and awesome. Too much of this has been happening and has been going on for quite a number of decades. People are finally making it their business and it is being taught in colleges on how to recognize the signs. Bravo!

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Blossom - thank you for your comments...I am hoping more people will get involved and report abuse when they see it or suspect it...it could save a child's life...

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      So very good, and such an important message. So many people just turn their backs and pretend it doesn't happen.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago

      They are blessed to have a teacher like you.

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Thank you, faith reaper - this was about students I have - some have gone on to be great young men and women and others have let the experiences destroy them

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you for being so brave to write about this. I pray that by you doing this and telling of your experiences, it will help many, many others. God bless you. Harming a child is the worse thing ever. It is heartbreaking to see it. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Frank - sometimes it is hell to be me...but if by being me I can keep kids just a little safer, it is all worth it...

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      damn.. sorry but Im so glad Im not you.. up and very very good :)

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Humblymum- as a teacher and a mom I feel the same way...this year alone I have made four calls to the authorities

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      Humbly Mum 5 years ago from Maine

      Thank you for sharing. Being a mother has been the most beautiful and most heart wrenching time of my life. I see children like this one in shopping carts and with parents more times than I care to remember. My heart breaks and many times I have left the store crying for them. I wish I could save them all. I feel helpless...

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Brings out a message for me! Despite of the mental and physical abuse, the selfless child in the poem thinks pf saving his parents! This is the message to all such pertaining monsters in the society that a bruise to a child is a bruise to almighty himself!

      The issue or disease of child abuse is not a local one! It is everywhere in every country and society. Unworthy parents who are mentally incapable of raising kids are the ones at fault!

      Brilliant piece! Painfully beautiful!

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      Ghaelach 5 years ago

      Although very sad it is well written and once again brings the subject of child abuse into the open. I'm glad you got out of your own personal hell.

      I wrote a hub in January about child abuse that was hard hitting. I had to radically edit the hub as it was said it didn't go along with what google where promoting. That asks a big question.

      Take care

      LOL Ghaelach

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful work my dear about a very ugly social disease. I had to witness this several times during my teaching years and it is an incredibly frustrating and maddening situation. Well done on this hub! Hopefully it will raise awareness.