Child abuse

All children are precious

their little hearts, body and minds are precious

to the ones whose innocence was taken away from a early


I hear you

it happened to me too

I believe you

what happens in the dark in the night or at any time

will eventually come to light

it takes time

young child

what can we do

right now to help you?

you probably don’t have all the words to articulate what’s

happening to you

it’s child abuse

it’s disgusting

it sickens my stomach to know you are hurting

at 5 my fragile body was scarred

I empathise, and know that what you are going through right

now is hard

those people who hurt us make life more challenging for us

I can’t make any promises to you but I can say

life doesn’t have to be this hard

though it will be hard to find people to trust

this situation is extremely tough

the pandemic is taking its toll on all of us in different ways

I wish I could save you

we all need to look deep inside

to see what’s happening behind closed doors

for me it happened at home

the place that’s meant to be safe and secure was the place my

virginity was taken away

young child

I want to help you

so many barriers prevent us from helping you

someone needs to save you

it doesn’t matter what anyone in your future says

you are brave

courage comes in many forms

you are courageous

something needs to be done to help you NOW!

but how?


This poem is from Andreena’s collection called Charred. The full collection can be purchased via Amazon here.

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About Us

This website was developed in collaboration with North West Police Crime Commissioners, NHS England, and Sexual Assault & Abuse Services.

The North West SAAS Partner Network (Strategic Direction for Sexual Assault and Abuse Services) is led by NHS England and covers Cheshire, Merseyside, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

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