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Friday, August 26, 2011

(H.E.A.P) Help Eliminate Abuse Please - by Lexie Selman

Can you imagine the emotional and psychological distress, along with the physical pain you cause when you abuse someone?
Child abuse is any constant verbal, physical, emotional or sexual contact which results in an individual being hurt.
The rate of child sex abuse has been increasing here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
According to the Criminal Investigation Department in 2008 there were 202 reported sexual involving children related offences and those are only the reported ones.
Child abuse can hurt in a number of ways; however I prefer to point out the most important instances:
Child abuse may result in low self-esteem, emotional distress, and suicidal thoughts and in some cases death at the hands of the abuser.
Child abuse is wrong because it is trampling on the rights of a child who has the right to be happy and protected at all times.
If you are arrested, charged and convicted of child sex abuse you can and should be imprisoned.
Whether you believe it or not, child abuse can be stopped; but you must tell someone you trust and who can help you.
If one person doesn’t listen, continue to tell.
If you as an abuser feel guilty and wish to stop, you should also tell someone trustworthy and give you the help you need.
I suggest to you as an abuser to work along with us to Help Eliminate Abuse Please (H.E.A.P), because by abusing a child you are destroying someone’s future.
Lexie Selman (16)

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