About a week ago I got my beautiful child abuse awareness ribbon tattoo. It came out so much better than I imagined!
It’s serious but I wanted something to give hope and the flowers do just that! I honestly think it’s the best child abuse awareness tattoo I have ever seen. I’m very grateful to my tattoo artist for coming up with it! Please see my other tattoo posts on my getting tattoos with my severe cerebral palsy.
Child abuse is 100% preventable! Sadly, many pro-spanking advocates try to claim that spankings prevent abuse but any type of hitting is abuse because it leaves marks that are not always visible. Plus, if one believes she/he can inflict pain on another human being, he/she will.
Research also shows that spankings usually increase in intensity, putting the child at a higher risk of being abused.
Then there’s the emotional and verbal abuse that often goes with the physical abuse, like telling the child that “you made me do it.” Or that “you deserve it.” Basically putting the child down in any way is verbal and emotional abuse. The child never makes one do anything. This is victim blaming.
Finally, there’s sexual abuse and sometimes this occurs alone or with the physical abuse because, for some, spanking children is sexually arousing which is absolutely disgusting.
I believe that we have to educate people to get them to see that children are unique people. Understanding child development is crucial for stopping child abuse. And allowing corporal punishment with children does not decrease child abuse! And one should never say he/she is against child abuse when he/she is advocating for corporal punishment.
It shouldn’t matter how old or big someone is, he/she should be protected from having harm inflicted on him/her by another person. It should not be left up to parents concerning how much pain can be inflicted on their children because “children can be subjected to an incredible amount of pain and suffering before our perception of parental prerogative changes to one of parental abuse” (Quinn, 1988, p.19).”
While April is child abuse awareness month, every day children are being abused by the very people who are supposed to care for them. I got my child abuse awareness ribbon tattoo to remind myself why I keep fighting for children’s rights even though it doesn’t always feel like I’m making a difference. It will also make the public aware of child abuse all year long.
Reference:Quinn, P. E. (1988). Spare the Rod. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.