Sunday, January 07, 2007

Taking flight

"The ambulance took mommy away. Daddy beat her up because the house wasn't clean enough."
"I told daddy I was sorry. I didn't mean to say no to him. The doctor says I won't have too many scars."
"What's a daddy?"
"Look at those lazy bums! Maybe if they would stay off the sauce they could find jobs and get off the street."

Do any of the above lines scare you? They should. Have you wondered why your neighbor hasn't been seen for a few days? She could be ill, or she could be staying out of sight until the bruises go away. I have never met an attack door in my life, but I have seen some of the nicest guys in person beat the liife out of their wives. Read the papers, watch tv, and try to escape this. You can't. Spousal abuse is on the rise. How many children fall down two or three times a month bad enough to require hospitalization?

It does not take a piece of paper to make children. It does take committment to raise them though. I guess the making part is fun, but caring for, loving and supporting is just too much work. Life for single parents is not easy. Granted the stigma is virtually gone, but that does not make day to day life easier.

Is that bum really just a lazy drunk? How do you know? You judged him without checking. He could be ill, mentally or physically, but you'll never know, if you just judge and walk away.

These are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Writers, take up your pen, do the research and help stamp out these situations. I for one am sick and tired of guys thinking their wives, partners, are nothing more than punching bags. How many children have become surrogate love partners? How many children have we lost because a parent or guardian lost control?

You think that if you ignore the problem it will go away? Oh, wait, I know, it didn't happen to you so why bother? I suggest you rephrase that, as "It didn't happen to me, yet." Before that happens, join us. WINGS (Writers Involved--Nurturing, Guiding, Surviving), is a coalition of writers doing research, writing white papers, publishing articles and resources on this and other issues. We MUST do something! We have the power of the written word. It is time to use our words to melt the swords of injustice.

Creed

We are a star in the Abyss of abuse and neglect. As such we need to radiate brightly and let our rays of information brighten the lives of others.

Mission Statement

WINGS is for just about anyone who is down and out and needs lifted up. We strive to provide the most up to date and accurate information available. Our goal is to enlighten and inform. No matter your plight, we shall endeavor to search for the most readily available resources to help end your sufferings.

3 comments:

JanetElaineSmith said...

Very well said and sadly, all too true, Ron. After having worked with "down and outers" for over 30 years, I have seen many cases of abuse--both of children and of adults. I have heard women (especially) say over and over again, "Why did I take it? What choice did I have?"
Here's hoping that this year more of these victims will find the courage to seek out other options. As you so eloquently stated, we have come to accept some of these things as inevitable. May we all do our part to help change them, one person at a time.
Janet Elaine Smith, author
http://www.janetelainesmith.com

Anonymous said...

Education is the only real way to find a cure for the issues you described here.

Been trying to take that stance for the bulk of my adult life and will continue to do so as long as it is possible too.

Anonymous said...

This is an issue of the utmost importance as it pertains to basic family relationships..Where do I find WINGS?