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Abuse and Abandonment

Interested to take action in solidarity with the abused and abandoned? Abuse, sadly, comes in many forms, including physical, mental/emotional/psychological, sexual, and verbal. Domestic violence refers to either harm or the fear of harm, from a domestic partner. Both men and women can be victims of such abuse. Elder abuse includes both knowing or unintentional neglect of an elder by a caregiver or another person. According to the Administration on Aging, “Each year hundreds of thousands of older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited.” Abuse is not just a matter of injury; the terror, too, can be debilitating, when ongoing, and can result in post-traumatic stress. According to the statistics at ChildHelp.org, over three million reports are made of child abuse annually in the United States alone. Many cases go unreported. Children who survive abuse and do not get the help they need to overcome their past are more at risk for unprotected sex, criminal behavior, and abusive behavior towards their own children[1]. It is said that abuse is most often found where love and justice are absent. A helpful list of warning signs to identify a potential victim of abuse, as well as spot abuse tactics, is available at helpguide.org.

Links
The following links are resources to help the victims of domestic violence and elder abuse (whether male or female).

INFORMATIONAL

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – USA

NON-USA

FOR MEN AND WOMEN

ELDER ABUSE

STREET CHILDREN

  • Children of the Night – Los Angeles, CA – rescuing children otherwise abandoned to the nightmare of child prostitution

 
ARTICLES OF INTEREST


[1] Per Dr. Lois Lee, founder of Children of the Night.  She adds that, while not all runaways and throwaways have experienced abuse, many have. The street isn’t the ideal place to grow up, and children often end up there after having experienced abuse.