Yesterday I spoke with Cindy Heer. She is the Executive Assistant to the ELI Group. After speaking with her many things came to mind.
First of all the ELI Group is a group dedicated to passing legislation that protects abused children. I make that sound so bland, so ordinary. But the truth is that I am very passionate about what the ELI Group is trying to do. You know that there are many groups that protect the rights of animals for which I am grateful and you know that I support many of them. But did you know that there is not one group that is dedicated to protecting the rights of abused children?
Abuse makes me angry. Abuse in all of its many manifestations perpetrated on any victim makes me angry. It makes me angry when I hear about wolves that are caught in traps and left to suffer for days only to be beaten to death when a human does come around to check his trap. It makes me angry when I hear about kittens being drown simply because they had the audacity to be born. It makes me angry when I hear about people cheering on dog fights where these poor creatures exist only to bring pleasure to the darker side of humans. It makes me angry when I hear of people kicking their dogs, thowing their cats and whipping their horses. This is abuse... and it makes me angry.
I could rant on about the small minded people that inflict pain upon those that cannot or will not fight back, but I won't. Instead I want to talk about another kind of abuse that makes me angry, the abuse of children. Mind that I am also angered by the abuse of the elderly, or spousal abuse but right now it's the children that are on my mind.
Cindy told me of a man that shook his 15 month old child to death. What did the child do that made him so mad? Did she cry? I'm sure she did. It hurt. To have your brain slammed against the inside of your skull hurts. Adults call it 'concussion' children only have one word for it if they have a word at all, 'hurts'. Did she cry harder when he shook her? Did it make him shake her harder? Did her nose begin to bleed as the membranes were burst by the pressure? How long did it take her to stop crying? That's what children do, they cry. Mommy and Daddy are trusted to make the pain stop so they don't want to cry anymore. But he just inflicted more pain. How long did it take? Did she stop when she died or did she stop because she simply couldn't continue? When she stopped did he just put her back into her crib to die a lingering death or to lie sprawled on the tiny bed until she turned cold and stiff? How many shakes does it take for a full grown man to kill a baby? How many minutes?
And when this dead child was discovered how much time did her murdering father spend in jail? He murdered a human being. Michael Vick spent a couple of years in prison for the torture and murder of dogs, a light punishment by any standard. So how many years did this father get for the torture and murder of his baby daughter? He got three months in the County Jail. It was a misdemeanor, a minor offense.
The baby had no voice. She couldn't speak. She couldn't tell her own story. She couldn't tell anyone how much it hurt and like the wolves in the traps she couldnt get away even if she had wanted to. Was she simply like a happless kitten that had the audacity to be born? Should her father have simply tied her in a sack and drown her when she was born? Would that have been more humane?
This is abuse and if it doesnt make you angry then I dont know what to say.
The ELI Group wants to be a voice for the children. If you have it in your heart then please support them. Give them your extra change, your extra time, your extra clicks... help them to be the voice that the children don't have. Please, if abuse makes you angry then do something. The ELI Group has a Facebook page and a website, check them out. See if there is anything that you can do to help.
And please be good to each other.