Editor’s Note: Kasie Inserra is a 10th-grader at Saegertown Junior-Senior High School. She won first place in the Optical Filters USA and Crawford County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) sponsored essay contest for high school students in observance of Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month. Her essay, printed below, was titled “Breaking the Silence.”
No child should live in fear of going home every night.
With increasing poverty and hunger, the number of children in abusive situations increases.
Money is a common issue in relationships. The frustration of poverty-stricken lives is sometimes taken out on innocent children.
Children are an easy target for abuse. They are defenseless, trusting, easily persuaded and voiceless.
Many children don’t want to turn in their loved ones for abuse, so they decide to endure the pain until they are 18.
In some instances, children die at the hands of the people who were supposed to love and care for them.
Nelson Mandela once said, “We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free from violence and fear.” It is the responsibility of the public to do everything in its power to help these children.
Ignoring the signs of child abuse is enabling the abuser to continually rob these victims of the innocence that comes with childhood.
Anyone can take measures to get children out of dangerous and unhealthy situations.
Even the smallest gesture, like inviting the child to a birthday party, can shine a ray of hope into their otherwise dark lives.
Other measures, like speaking out against child abuse, need to be adopted by everyone to help take a stand against the crimes being committed against children everywhere.
Every child deserves the right to a safe and happy home.
Most people believe that it is not in their power to help these children, but these people could not be further from the truth.
Everyone can save a child’s life by reaching out a hand to help them out of their silent prison.
— The Meadville Tribune, Meadville, Pa.