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#343526 - 10/29/10 03:56 PM World's First Child Abuse Monument
Macroadrunner Offline

Registered: 10/29/10
Posts: 3
We are building the world's first Child Abuse Monument in Toronto, Canada. You can view the website here Child Abuse Monument
We are currently in a competion to win a grant from Aviva to complete this amazing project. Please follow the link and cast your voye to bring this dream to life. You have 10 votes in total once you register but can only vote once per day. Vote for the Child Abuse Monument
Thank you and be kind to yourselves wink

#343739 - 10/31/10 05:36 AM Re: World's First Child Abuse Monument [Re: Macroadrunner]
expom Offline

Registered: 01/07/09
Posts: 126
Loc: Australia
I think you might find that a monument was opened a couple of weeks ago on the South Bank in Melbourne, Australia.

It is a monument specifically to "the forgotten generation" of boys and girls who were brought up in orphanages and children's homes and suffered physical and sexual abuse at the hands of those who were paid to care for them.

This is the Victorian Governments way of saying sorry to these people. Other states in Australia have and are financially compensating these abuse victims. In Victoria the government is still forcing these abuse children, now adults, to use the court system to 'prove' that they were abuse and have suffered since. The government's idea being that each successful court case will get compensation appropriate to the abuse suffered.

Of course, the real effect is that few are yet ready to face the pain associated with reliving all the abuses in the detail that is still demanded by the courts.

But still the monument is there- as a source of pride and recognition for some and as a source of further consternation for others.


I endured all my yesterdays. I prevail in all of my todays. I exercise my right to be able to enjoy my tomorrows. I choose not to do it alone.

#343873 - 11/02/10 12:32 AM Re: World's First Child Abuse Monument [Re: expom]
Macroadrunner Offline

Registered: 10/29/10
Posts: 3
Hi ADen,
I hope that some day it will be a source of pride and validation for all.
The one here in Toronto was built by and for victims and survivors as a source of healing, validation, support and education.

#343874 - 11/02/10 12:37 AM Re: World's First Child Abuse Monument [Re: Macroadrunner]
Ever-fixed Mark Offline

Registered: 01/02/10
Posts: 732
Loc: United States
I can't be the only person who finds the idea of a monument to Child Abuse creepy and disturbing. Are they really calling it the "Child Abuse Monument"?

Ah, there is an important word you left out. It's actually called the "Child Abuse Survivor Monument". So, not creepy and disturbing at all.



Everybody here's got a story to tell
Everybody's been through their own hell
There's nothing too special about getting hurt
Getting over it, that takes the work

- "Duck and Cover" by Glen Phillips

#343878 - 11/02/10 01:27 AM Re: World's First Child Abuse Monument [Re: Ever-fixed Mark]
king tut Offline

Registered: 02/13/08
Posts: 2488
Loc: UK
I am sure i saw a link somewhere here on MS showing a CSA monument of somekind a year or two back somewhere, i can't remember exactly what it looked like now though. Good luck with your project, hope it works out.



#343886 - 11/02/10 02:00 AM Re: World's First Child Abuse Monument [Re: king tut]
Macroadrunner Offline

Registered: 10/29/10
Posts: 3
Hi Mark,
I know what you mean about the name, however it is a monument to survivors and victims as some of the participants and many who were abused do not survive ;(

#344711 - 11/10/10 05:44 PM Re: World's First Child Abuse Monument [Re: Macroadrunner]
john38 Offline

Registered: 10/21/10
Posts: 90
Loc: Pasadena CA

I think this is an incredible idea. The millions of children and adults who've died, and whose lives have been shattered as a result of CSA deserve to be honored, remembered, and never forgotten. Projects like these also help draw attention to the issue that most of society would like to brush under the carpet and not look at.

The project makes me wonder about trying to get something like this happening in the Los Angeles area!


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