Ten Year Old Girl Speaks Up To Keep Her Sisters Safe
Posted 12/21/2011 by Childhelp
"She wouldn't allow her sister to get on the bus, either. She said, 'No, we're not going home.' She knew he would be there," said Rimkus.
After reporting the abuse to a teacher, the police were called and both mother and boyfriend were arrested. The girls are now in the care of their aunt where they can enjoy a Christmas they deserve, full of love and free from abuse.
The actions of a ten year old girl who spoke up not only to save her own life but the lives of her sisters, make us all reevaluate our perception of a hero. It does not matter how small the voice, or how little the hands are, when a person speaks out and reaches out to help another or herself from an abusive situation, they are not only saving a life, but sending a message: No one deserves to be treated this way, and everyone can make a difference.
Everyone includes the assistance of the community. If not for the involvement of the teachers, law enforcement, and even relatives, these little girls’ prayers may have gone unanswered. Ignored by their mother, who sided with the abuser, these children relied on members of the community they could trust, to listen, and to help. Ending child abuse is not something that can be cured on an individual basis, it takes all of us.
And unfortunately stories like this remind us of all the abuse that goes on behind closed doors. Children all over the country struggle each day with the same ongoing undisclosed abuse. While much of Childhelp’s efforts go into treating the aftermath of child abuse victims, we also strive to prevent abuse from ever happening, with our abuse prevention education curriculum, Speak Up Be Safe.
Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe is a research based, comprehensive primary prevention education curriculum that equips children in Grades 1-6 and their adult community with skills they need to play a significant role in the prevention or interruption of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse and neglect.
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