Name: Donnell Hicks
Title: Loss Innocence of Our Children
Whether we are parents, foster parents, uncles or aunts, we have an obligation to love, care, and protect our children from being hurt, unwanted, or unloved. Sometimes children suffer from sexual, mental, and physical abuse from the same people who are involved in their lives to protect them.
You can tell when a child has been abused because he/she will sense some type of unwanted love either it be verbal abuse, emotional abuse, or physical abuse. In the AA communities, a child will experience the pain of being sexually abused by his/her guardian twice as hard as any other ethnic group in America due to the socioeconomic environment of living in deplorable conditions as well as within foster homes and group homes. Children, who have lost their innocence, have become victims. They’re behavioral patterns tend to become uncontrollable at times. The children will lash out with aggression against his/her peers and isolate themselves from the crowd.
Children who are exposed to sexual abuse by their guardians are usually between the ages of 8-17 years of age. They’ll keep their emotions packed down; they often become defensive and bossy to others. Nevertheless, the abuse will force a child to battle their inner demons. These children become victims of society - mainly the prison society; for the apparent reason that, children believe they don’t belong in the world amongst those who have often abused them.
A child who has suffered from abuse will display significant signs of aggression, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, isolation, anger, and perform poorly in school. Whatever the parental guardians are going through in their personal lives, they shouldn’t take it out on their children/child. A child is innocent in certain situations and he/she shouldn’t have to be a casualty, better yet victims of a cruel injustice manner brought on by adults.
Many people have the audacity to believe sexual abuse only happens in the African-American communities. Little do they know, sexual abuse happens everywhere especially in rural and suburban communities amongst Caucasians. Some white older men who had attended Catholic schools when they were children were sexually abused by members of the Archdioceses many decades ago. It took the young men, currently living as adults, years and years to come clean to the sexual abuse allegations brought on by the members of the Archdioceses. Before that, white male adults have gone through fighting their own demons to stop being victims of sexual abuse. Another wave of sexual abuse took place last year at Penn State University in Pennsylvania with Jerry Sandusky who is currently serving life in prison for sexually abusing young men decades ago. Thus, it took the young men years to come forth for the reason that they were often afraid of the consequences. They had no option except to speak up for themselves; it had to be the only way to put to rest the everlasting demons taking over their mental state.
The issue of sexual abuse isn’t a black, white, Hispanic, or Asian problem. It is an American problem that must be dealt with head on. Children who have been sexually abused and adults who have been sexually abused as children cannot sit back and remain silent on the issue. A child is harmless, and parents, foster parents, and adults have a responsible and duty to show TLC for the children/child whom they’re taking care of; which is why I wrote the book entitled “Lyric’s Song” to deal with this growing pandemic. Children cannot become victims, yet they can become victorious.