I have written often about child abuse. To me, and this is purely a subjective opinion, child abuse is the worst of all crimes. To take a defenseless child and shatter all trust, to shatter all hopes, to shatter all dreams…..there is no justification in my mind. I will continue to speak out..I will continue to use my powers as a writer to raise awareness…because if I don’t do it, who will?
I wrote an article once about sex trafficking in Portland, Oregon. You can find it on my Hubpages site if you are interested. The point being that Portland is either the number one or number two city in America for sex trafficking volume, and as of last year there were only two police detectives assigned full-time to that heinous crime. I do not understand society’s priorities.
I have also written about child abuse on two Native American Reservations, the Spirit Lake Nation of North Dakota and Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota. I have received many emails from irate Native Americans, telling me that white men should stay out of the affairs of Indians, that how dare I tell them how to live their lives.
I do not understand society’s priorities.
Children are defenseless. This is not a race issue. This is not someone else’s problem. If a child is being abused it is my issue and my problem.
Child abuse is a classic example of dysfunctional behavior. I leave it to the psychologists to figure out why it occurs. I leave it to me, as a writer and a member of the human race, to speak out against it.
And quite frankly I don’t know why more writers don’t do the same thing.