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"How Many Children Must Die A Thousand Deaths?"
Tuesday, May 20, 1997
For the second time in as many weeks a little baby girl died this week at the hands of her
mother's boyfriend. Her name was Thalia, she would have been a year old this month.
But she will never have the joy of blowing out her first candle and getting frosting all over
her face. Her life was taken far too soon. Unfortunately, Thalia's tragedy isn't unusual.
Last year 3.1 million children were abused by someone they trusted. More than 2,000 of
these little ones died at the hands of the people they loved. The rest are still living with
the silent legacy.
In some aspects, Thalia the sweet innocent baby, is lucky. At least they can't hurt her
anymore. Just a few weeks ago she had a cast removed from her arm where it had been
broken in two places.
Yes, Child Protective Services knew.
Yes, her mother
Yes, the doctor's knew.
And yet Thalia was left in that home to be
killed. Where do we, as society, lay the blame?
Should we blame the boyfriend that killed her, certainly.
Should we blame her mother who knew, yet did nothing to stop it? of course.
The doctor did what he was supposed to do, he notified CPS so I guess we can't blame
But what about CPS? Where were they when Thalia was having her skull crushed in?
Why when they visited her home two months ago didn't they do everything in their
power to protect her?
And where does that leave all the other Thalia's?
Who is going to protect them?
Who will take them into their arms and tell them that love isn't supposed to hurt?
Who will tell them that they are beautiful and loved?
They will be forgotten....
or like tiny Thalia, they will die in their Silent Legacy.
I can say it is a silent legacy because I am a survivor of child abuse. It lives on in the
children's hearts forever. They carry the legacy with them into adulthood and very often
they too become abusive. And yet they too often do not receive the help they need.
Why? Because they are still keeping the secret. They can not hurt the very people that
hurt them so much. They carry the burden, they carry the shame, they take the blame, and
then they teach their children to do the same.
But it doesn't have to be that way.
We can break the silence!
We can protect the little ones!
We can stop the silence and begin a new legacy!
It is time to protect the children.
Thalia's Not Alone
Click the above image to read about yet another victim of love
Statistics and Organizations Devoted To Helping Abused Children
Prevent Child Abuse - America
"Formerly the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse Prevent Child Abuse America is a nationwide organization dedicating to preventing child abuse in all it's forms.
Our vision is a world in which every child is free from abuse and neglect, safely nurtured by a loving
family, supported by a caring community."
A valuable source of information with more links for help than any organization I have ever seen. I highly reccomend your pay them a visit.
Information on Megan's Law and sexual preditors. Also a link where you can look up you state and see if you or yoru child is in danger
Victims Of Incest
Can Emerge Survivors
Help and Healing
Support From Survivors
Park Shelter Safe Haven
Realizing that life is not filled with perfection but indeed many forms of imperfection, we of the Park will continue to
try to expand to fulfill the needs of that community, while striving to provide such with the utmost care.
Search BarnesandNoble.com for Child Abuse
In Partnership with barnes and Noble you can now browse their titles dealing with Child Abuse. Fast and secure online ordering available.
A phoenix shares her story and provides a wonderful se of pages for women tha have survived survived physical, emotional, or sexual abuse as a child
Survivors and Friends Homepage
A page I will be visiting a lot. Many many resources for us survivors. long with a memorial wall dedicated to us.
GhostWolf - Out Of The Abyss
Thank You annie for all the time you have put into this
Ghostwolf is truly a survivor! The artwork, poetry and thoughts contained on these pages are truly an inspiration for those of us dealing with the journey of healing our wounded child
A wealth of resources for survivors of all kinds
Holli's Triumph Over
What Words Can Not
A gathering place of survivors of all kinds
Break The Silence
Submit your name for a Phoenix of your own
Silence keeps abuse alive and well !! Resources for all kinds of survivors.
Post Traumatic Stress
Karen's own resource page on PTSD
Depression seems to go hand and hand with the survivors of abuse. Check this page for
help and referrals
Wounded Healer Journal
How You Can Help
Green Ribbon Campaign
Find out how You can help end child abuse through the Mint Green Ribon Campaign
Are Not Alone!
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