I cried, but you chose not to see.
I wept, but you chose not to hear.
I reached for your hand, but you waited for someone else to steady my fall.
Who am I?
I am the child who you ignored.
I am the child whose parents you prayed for.
I am the child who you thought deserved it.
I am the child whose parents you didn't want to upset.
I am the child who never understood why I was left there.
I am the child who cried herself to sleep.
I am the child whose job it was to console my siblings.
I am the child who was scared.
I am the child who listened to the names she was called and believed them.
I am the child who has a high pain threshold.
I am the adult whose heart is hurting, not from my childhood, but from listening to others justifying why they ignored a child in need.
I am the adult who wishes that someone bothered to hurt his feelings because maybe then everything would have been better.
I leave my shoes on the doorstep every night.
They are painful, and hurt my feet.
I do not ask that you walk a mile in my shoes; I only ask that you stop these shoes from being made.
Child abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime.
There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.
--Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
-- Sigmund Freud
All those writers who write about their childhood! Gentle God, if I wrote about mine you wouldn't sit in the same room with me.
My childhood was a period of waiting for the moment when I could send everyone and everything connected with it to hell.
-- Igor Stravinsky
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
The most important question in the world is, 'Why is the child crying?'
Safety and security don't just happen; they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.
-- Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
-- Albert Einstein, physicist
There's more to doing good than hating evil.
Failures are divided into two classes — those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.
-- John Charles Salak, author
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.
-- Edmund Burke, author and philosopher
Be the change that you want to see in the world.
-- Mohandas Ghandi, political and spiritual leader in India