in “Muted” – Jan 11th 2013
I came across this image on Wikimedia and I couldn’t leave her. She was like a mirror.
As you know I like to work on portraits – usually I feel like I’m getting a new friend every time – getting to know them as the work progresses. This was different. It has been a journey back in time to my own childhood of psychological/
emotional abuse. Painful but something that has to be done over and over again to heal – and do we ever really heal?- I don’t think so, but we get better – and it get’s easier.
So here she is my darlings – she is damaged goods, but holds a lot of love inside her just waiting to be loved back. Don’t let her down. If you are not truthful she will know right away – she is used to it!
Here are some facts about Child Abuse:
Child abuse is more than bruises and broken bones. While physical abuse might be the most visible, other types of abuse, such as emotional abuse and neglect, also leave deep, lasting scars. The earlier abused children get help, the greater chance they have to heal and break the cycle—rather than perpetuating it. By learning about common signs of abuse and what you can do to intervene, you can make a huge difference in a child’s life.
While physical abuse is shocking due to the scars it leaves, not all child abuse is as obvious. Ignoring children’s needs, putting them in unsupervised, dangerous situations, or making a child feel worthless or stupid are also child abuse. Regardless of the type of child abuse, the result is serious emotional harm.
All types of child abuse and neglect leave lasting scars. Some of these scars might be physical, but emotional scarring has long lasting effects throughout life, damaging a child’s sense of self, ability to have healthy relationships, and ability to function at home, at work and at school.