Child Abuse Victims have Nowhere to Go...

Feb 18, 2008

Imagine wanting to scream and having your voice drown in the busy world of today, imagine waking up to a today with the scars of yesterday and a dark tomorrow, imagine living everyday of life with your darkest fears, imagine trying to speak out and having no one to hear you.  Imagine wanting to breathe but instead being suffocated...  imagine living when death seems like a better option. Just imagine...

The life of a victim fallen prey to child abuse or molestation isn’t any different from the above.  Living in the 21st century we may believe we are groomed to be strong, independent individuals. We assume that such clichés of the past are wearing off today... fading away. But are we aware that the shadows of child abuse are still eclipsing over our youth?  If not by a stranger on the street then by a family member at home, if not by a drunken friend then by an educated professor.  The abuser today comes in any form of human relationship: bonded or not, related or not, he lurks and lures and an innocent youth falls prey to this act. Child abuse is the exploitation of a human not only physically but mentally and emotionally. The victim is molested off his future, his youth, his innocence and is prey to a disturbed, wayward life.

The predator expresses his uncontainable sexual urge but is he aware of how his pleasure becomes the victim’s plight.  Although we just sympathize with the heart wrenching issue of child abuse and the victim, are we aware of what the abused goes through? When child abuse is enforced by the predator the victim undergoes sheer pain, fear and disgrace and eventually their life spirals out of control. When exploited at an early age the scars of the act are engraved on their life and memories forever, the abused is unconsciously entrapped in a world where they grow up to lead lives that are shadowed by the demons of unforgettable memory thus leading to depression and living a life of solitude and solace and eventually a slow and gradual separation of themselves from the family they belong to and the world. The victim feels guilt, thinks of himself as a hole in the universe, a universe in which he can’t fight back, a universe in which he can’t voice his painful experience due to fright of the predator, fear of disgrace.

Sometimes a victim is prey to this shattering act day after day until thrown away like an old rag with no value for his life and emotions. Thus the victim expresses his wounds and grief by sinking himself into a sea of depression further trying to survive the drowning by using alcohol as a life jacket and finally when the" life jacket "doesn’t do him any good he gives up and opts for ending the tediously complex and painful life he lived by committing suicide- the curtain fall of his survival and existence.

Child molestation is very much existing in the "modern, developed today".  But what about the victim?  His existence?  Are we aware? We live in a contemporary world and judge one another by the clothes we wear, by the cell phones we use, by the music we listen to, by the click we are seen with. Everything is plastic. Are we real enough to see a person beyond his material assets? Are we still capable of understanding? Are we capable of becoming the lost voice of a victim? If we haven’t undergone and lived the life of the victim, we can at least try to become his voice, the voice of his wounds and scars and not let a blossoming youth’s life go in vain. If we can’t change the past, we can surely mend our today for a better tomorrow


by Lynn Ann Lobo
18-year-old Lynn Ann Lobo is currently studying in the First Year of the Bachelor of Mass Media in St. Andrew’s college, Mumbai

Her avid interest for writing and active participation in the various class projects led her to take part in ‘Medrove’, an intercollegiate festival in Mumbai.
‘We are all pencils in the hand of God’. This quote of Mother Theresa is her greatest inspiration and she hopes she can be at least a tiny pencil by sharing her thoughts with you people through her articles.
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Comment on this article

  • Sumeet...., chandigarh

    Tue, Feb 26 2008

    A very thought provoking article.....I think you have really put yourself in a situation like that mentally and then written it..... Molestation is a very sensitive and a complex issue.....this problem can only be solved if every person thinks like you... Good use of language....after reading this I have realised that you have written from the heart rather than the head....and a person who puts his heart in writing something really makes much more impact.... Cheers!

  • Ricardo, Mumbai

    Sun, Feb 24 2008

    Child abuse especially molestation and rape, especially the incestous kind is rampant even today, especially in countries like India where people spend too much time with other 'more relevant' problems As a community we Indians tend to supress such occurences, confining it to the four walls of our house (that is if at all we acknowledge that it happens).

    Usually, mothers of victims claim to have had fleeting doubts about what is going on, but ignore it, assuring themselves that such a thing could never happen, I urge you: pay attention to your intuition you may be able to save your child from a life of desperation. Good job Lynn- and dont be all modest ur good, better than me nyways-Keep it up

  • Sherisa D'souza, Mumbai

    Sun, Feb 24 2008

    Congrats Lynn, Excellent use of the language, hope we get to read many more like this one

  • Charlie & Yvonne, Kuwait

    Wed, Feb 20 2008

    Dear Lynn, Beautiful article - "Its difficult to change the past, but yes, surely we will mend our today for a better tomorrow". We are very proud of you, wishing you all the success in future.

  • Chelson, Mumbai

    Wed, Feb 20 2008

    Firstly this article, coming from someone as talented as Lynn is really really special to read.. Lynn is my good friend and i no nw through her and her article how some unfortunate poor young kids are treated by their families or friends.. We need to pray for these unfortunate children who go through hell everyday and cannot have the joy and happiness of a safe and secure childhood like we do..

  • Sanio, Dubai

    Tue, Feb 19 2008

    Lets not assume it WONT and CANT happen to our children.

  • Vikram, Mumbai

    Tue, Feb 19 2008

    Good work, Lynn. No amount of words can describe the importance of this awarness you are trying to spread with your little pencil. My best wishes to you always for your future endeavour.

  • Natasha, Bahrain

    Tue, Feb 19 2008

    I completely agree with you. Child molestation is becoming more prominent now then ever before, and it is the worst thing one could ever do to a child. The perverts need to be stopped.

  • Captain Stanley Latif Correa, Urwa Stores/Saudi Arabia

    Tue, Feb 19 2008

    Good to read the article of Lynn. Yes, people knows as well as aware of this & mistakes repeated. Law is there, Government knows still this menace happening not only in India but around the world. India. We can only raise the voice.


    Tue, Feb 19 2008

    Really very great article. I liked very much. Congratulation  to Lynn Ann Lobo - May God bless you. We all are proud of you and enjoyed reading this article. With All Members of Kullvaar (Lancy Pinto, Convenar/Founder)

  • Sunila S., Mumbai/ Dubai

    Tue, Feb 19 2008

    Dear Sweet Lynn, this is so beautifully written...God bless you sweetheart for choosing to write on this particular subject and bringing awareness in plp...

  • Vijay, Bellore/Korea

    Mon, Feb 18 2008

    Lynn, I really appreciate this work. May god bless you. Keep good work going..

  • Shahed Raj, India / Kuwait

    Mon, Feb 18 2008

    Lynn, Very well concieved and written. It's so touching and heartfelt that it made me feel the pain of victim. May GOD bless you..

  • FJK Foster, Mumbai / Kuwait

    Mon, Feb 18 2008

    An excellent read for a conscious mind. Keep up with the good work and awareness against social evils that still decay our modern world. May we all find the good samaritan in us and look forward to a better tomorrow. All the best.

  • John, Dubai

    Mon, Feb 18 2008

    Excellent Lynn.Appreciate your language.These articles will surely help to "mend our today for a better tomorrow".

  • Chand, B'lore /Dubai

    Mon, Feb 18 2008

    Very good article. Thank you Lynn Ann Lobo for bringing awareness in people.

  • elveera Mathias , Dubai

    Mon, Feb 18 2008

    Excellent article - May God bless you with mighty wisdom to bring up these kind of articles which really brings awareness in public. At least we can be a part of lost voice in this world. Congrats...well written.

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