Child Abuse Prevention Month

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April marks Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The theme here is pretty simple: Awareness is the first step toward Prevention.

We’re working with Crime Stoppers of Houston throughout April to profile fugitives wanted for Child Abuse crimes.

Ray Wathen is one of the hard working higher-ups at Crime Stoppers who takes his job to heart.

In fact, he’s so serious about combating child abuse he wrote a poem about it more than ten years ago.

A blue ribbon marks the occasion… (reprinted with his permission):

    WILL YOU WEAR THE BLUE?

    Will you wear this blue ribbon for me?
    It’s not the deep blue of the many bruises
    I’ve worn.

    It’s not the blue of depression I’ve felt from
    Physical or emotional abandonment or loss of
    Hope for the future.

    It’s not the blue of the silent shame that came when
    I found out not everyone lives this way.

    It’s not the blue of the police uniforms that arrive every
    Time there’s trouble at home – wherever home may be at the time.

    It’s not the blue of exam books I stare at blankly because
    I’ve not been in school enough to know the answers.

    It’s not the blue of hospital uniforms in emergency rooms
    I’ve come to know so well.

    It’s the blue of a beautiful sky with puffy white clouds, always the
    Sign of a new beginning.

    It’s the blue of the rebirth of Hope in a child’s heart.

    It’s the blue of winners, who have conquered the pain day by day,
    And who now face the future with new strength of heart and soul.

    It’s the blue of a commitment on your part to a future free of
    Unwarranted pain and disillusion.

    It’s the blue of a child’s smiling eyes.

    It’s the blue of caring.

    So will you wear this blue ribbon for me? I feel like I’ve
    Worn mine long enough.

    ==========
    Ray Wathen
    9/3/98

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One Response

  1. What an eloquent poem on such a dark subject in our society. I was incredibly moved by Mr. Wathen’s work. His use of the word “blue” touches on so many aspects of abuse. Thanks for sharing.

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