Detail from painting at Casa del Centenario, Pompeii (PD)*
The ancient Roman city of Pompeii was known for its hedonism. Archaeologic evidence has been found of numerous brothels. Erotic art was common in homes. Phallic symbols were used all over the city, as signs of fertility and good fortune .
This may sound titillating to us. We have not though progressed far, in the centuries since. Sex tourism is widely advertised today. Greece, Spain, the Netherlands, Brazil, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Thailand, and Cambodia are among the countries that derive income from it .
Those who plan their vacations around the sexual activities – legal and illegal – available in foreign countries are unlikely to consider their impact on the local men, women, and children selling their bodies (and souls) to survive. Continue reading
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Azerbaijani refugee child (1996), Author Ilgar Jafarov (CC BY-SA 4.0 International)
“I am blind to beauty for I have seen the ugliness of war,
My heart discard, my soul’s an open sore,
My spirit’s broken, and my body is not well,
For I have seen the smoke and fire
And passed through the gates of hell… ”
– Kevan Lyons, The Poet of Churchill Square
These are grave times. Terrorism stalks the world, striking without warning or mercy. I can think of no better analogy for abuse.
Abuse is a conflict in which children’s lives are the battlefield; a conflict in which children go unarmed, yet have war wounds inflicted; a conflict in which children will never be victors.
Under wartime conditions of deprivation and abandonment, the simplest word of encouragement is denied a young heart. Under wartime conditions of violence and destruction, the most defenseless among us are battered and broken. Under wartime conditions of rape and pillage, basic sexuality becomes an item of commerce, and a lifelong source of pain.
Little wonder that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) — first identified in the combat setting centuries ago — is common among abuse victims, as well. Continue reading
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The Senate has ordered an independent evaluation of how the Defense Dept. deals with child sexual violence on military bases . This follows an Associated Press investigation which exposed multiple failures, in instances with underage victims and assailants .
The US Armed Forces have attempted to come to terms with the rape of female soldiers for the past 10 years. But reports of rape and sexual assault among children on base often die a slow death, under mountains of paperwork and red tape. Some are deliberately buried.
The Defense Dept. does not, it seems, even track such reports for statistical purposes. The Associated Press, however, managed to uncover nearly 600 cases between 2007-2018. Continue reading
Author Edgeplay101 (CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported)
“As we advocate in our guides to Intimate Partner Violence, one of the most crucial things to remember about domestic violence and child abuse, especially sexual abuse, is that control is a huge factor, and often the perpetrators of abuse will go to great lengths to maintain control over their victims. One lesser known way that some perpetrators do this is by ‘branding’ their victims, or forcing them to get tattoos or body modifications, usually of the perpetrator’s name, that are meant to symbolize their ‘ownership’ of the victim.
This form of abuse is rare but particularly traumatic, as body modification is a very personal choice and having it imposed on your body against your will can feel like an extreme personal violation…[Continued at https://stmlearning.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/branding-victims-forced-tattooing-and-domestic-abuse/ ].”
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