motionsF-R-E-E-D-O-M, a schoolyard chant “I am a bird & Watch me fly!” a schoolyard prayer For we were all birds, wishing to fly from the impotence of ghetto youth growing up too soon and all the things that killed innocence not given, that naivety could scar you So we flocked to the swings in hopes of taking flight catching wind and the metal links gave way to our tiny bodies protested in groans and creaks almost erased the screams of the night before and though we had free for all-ed The swing by the left beam remained empty
walked our streets
lived in our homes
worshipped our Lord
supped at our tables
drank and watched sports with our fathers
wooed and courted our mothers
Played with our children
Stayed with our childrenHe did not have horns or scaled skin nor razor sharpened teeth His face contained two eyes, a nose, lips, and yes even dimpled cheeks but a beast he was, nonetheless and though we laughed and sang songs When it was time we returned to class No One Looked Back Not even me by Kimberley Gladney©
Excerpts from Your Child on Sexual Abuse
Many parents are unsure or squeamish about bringing up sexual matters, especially with their children. Yet, there are ways of laying the groundwork so that you can talk to your child without scaring her. Establish an open dialogue about sexual issues early on. If you introduce the subject of sex in a discussion of abuse, there is the danger that the idea of sex may become automatically linked in your child’s mind with danger and anxiety.
If you have fostered in your child a sense of ownership regarding her body, she will likely have an instinct about what is okay for her body and what is not. You build on her natural sense of ownerships of her body by letting her pick out her own clothes or wash herself in her own way. Also, avoid pushing her to kiss or hug other adults when she clearly does not want to.
Finally, when parents treat their children’s bodies with respect, children tent to demand that others treat their bodies in a similar manner. Children who are consistently hit, grabbed, or physically punished at home may feel that adults are entitled to misuse their bodies simply because they are bigger.
For additional information, please visit American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry , you can also gather help aids at
Restorer Of The Breach, a non profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of children that have been victimized by molestation. The purpose of the foundation is to provide referrals, resources, and community education, for families that have been ravaged by sexual abuse.