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May 3, 2006
Warning sensitive content, may contain explicit pictures of abuse!

To often out here, as in off-line communities... I hear people make comments that Domestic Violence and Child Abuse can't be as bad as people say. Or that people should not show picture's of abuse victims as it disrespects them.... The disrepect comes when society continues to ask, or even at times demand that victims and survivors keep the reality of this tragic issue hidden.

Here even on Care2 I have seen people post that an abuse picture is offensive! If you feel that way.... I suggest you not read any further. If you are one of the many that would like to keep your picture of the perfect world where this does not occur... Stop Here!

I want people to understand... I am not showing these picture's to offend, but to bring out the darkness the reality men, women and children suffer from daily.  The laws still protect the abuser's and until the truth is brought into the light... we will be unable to protect the victims and survivors!

Joseph was a child abuse victim!

abused boy 

A cigarette lighter was his abuser's choice of weapons.

Is this your child ... 
The System said he was better off with his parents!

Boy with broken arm 
Mom tells doctor's he fell off his bike!

This was just the beginning!

 How could this be happening to me?

emotional & verbal abuse 
Nothing he can do is ever good enough for mom.

little girl reaching for her life... 
Little girl, reaching for her life...


The bruises will fade away, but the scars of abuse will shape this childs whole life....

Child in a prison of abuse!

Myth -->


DV is a hatecrime! 

The first step in helping abused or neglected children is learning to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect.

To report abuse, call the National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD.
Child abuse is both shocking and commonplace. Child abusers inflict physical, sexual, and emotional trauma on defenseless children every day. The scars can be deep and long-lasting. Unfortunately, the more subtle forms of child abuse such as neglect and emotional abuse can be just as traumatizing as violent physical abuse.

A few domestic violence cases make the news. But there are tens of thousands of husbands and wives who are being abused who suffer that abuse alone, living in fear every day of their life.

Domestic violence doesn't just happen to the lower class or a certain ethnic group or to "bad" people. Domestic abuse and violence happens everywhere. You may be the victim of an abusive spouse, or you may be the abuser.

There is no one answer as to why a relationship that should be loving is abusive instead. There is no one answer as to why a person remains in an abusive relationship.

Abuse takes many forms, and it has many faces. Gender does not determine who will be the abuser and who will be the abused. Women are just as capable of causing abuse as are men...

Why would someone stay in an abusive and violent relationship? Fear? A feeling of unworthiness? Believing the abuse is deserved? Thinking the abuser will change? Believing this is the way love is?

Domestic violence is never deserved, under any circumstances!

If you are an abuse victim, survivor, advocate, or wish to be an advocate... please come join us at: The Stop Domestic & Child Abuse Group!

Hope & Healing

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Posted: May 3, 2006 2:40pm


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Barbara Palau-Lipford
, 2, 4 children
Bayford, VA, USA
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