He grabbed her hair and threw her against the wall, still clutching a fist full of her hair, her long curly brown hair.
The tears ran down her face as he walked towards her screaming about something she didn't say and accusing her of doing something that never happened.
This wasn't her worst nightmare, this was real life, this was every day and this is what she thought was normal. The worst type of normal she didn't want to be apart of.
He stood above her, his shadow taking away the small amount of light that was left in the house, she pulled her knee's to her chin and rocked back and forth until the man was knocked back by a terrible force, her saviour, her everything. They fought and they yelled and she cried and cried until finally the man was done and went off to bed, her saviour cradling her in his arms.
Good evening adjudicator, chairperson, time keeper, ladies, gentlemen and fellow students.
This girl was as normal as you or I but she was living a terrible life. The man she feared was her very own father and her saviour her older brother.
This is one example of child abuse.
Child abuse is any form of cruelty to a child's physical, moral or mental well-being. This abuse can be physical, mental or sexual or simply - neglect.
This can be caused by any number of people, from family members to caregivers, guardians or any older person for that matter.
Child abuse happens everywhere and sadly, it probably will never stop.
In Australia there were 137,938 reports of child abuse and neglect between 2001 and 2002. Within that, there were 27,592 reports of neglect and child abuse in Queensland. 22% of that was physical abuse...