In The Silence
to the victims of abuse
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I sat wondering what could now be done for the victims of abuse, I
thought that it would be time for some reflection of where we have come
from since the beginning of 2009 (yes, it is three and a half years
since the movement started) and, while it may seem not much is
happening on the site, stories continue to come in.
We are also
blessed with a continually growing number of links to world wide
resources that are available to help the victims of abuse. These
services are the biggest thing to help victims as many of these have
considerable expertise at hand to deal with specific people's needs. Of
course, we need more because, while ever abuse continues to grow within
our worldwide society, there is a growing need for more and more
available services, especially in countries that we have yet to get
Abuse is not confined to borders, socio-economic groups, gender or technology.
the past few years we have seen a rapid growth in on-line abuse in a
variety of natures. The rapid growth of social network sites has
increased the access of abusers to a wider group of victims. While some
of these sites have some tools in place to catch this problem, it needs
to be drastically increased on all social network sites. One of the
biggest problems is that most social network sites do not require any
proof of identity when you sign on. That means that anyone can be
anyone they like. While there is some advantage in anonimity (such as
allowing people to raise issues of major concern with limited chance of
reprisal), abusers have been handed an almost free hand to do what they
like, especially with children. Our news stories constantly feature
articles of grooming by sex offenders and of bullying (probably the 2
biggest problems). It is our belief that a proof of identity,
especially in the major sites (such as Facebook) would drastically
reduce this problem. Now this does not mean that you cannot have a
pseudonym for your online presence - it means that you can be quickly
identified. Sure, all sites require a genuine Email address, but they
are so easy to create that it makes a laughing stock of this so called
"proof of identity".
The other alarming trend that is
happening is the rise in beauracratic abuse, where people are hiding
behind the mask of government protection agencies, to inflict abuse and
victimisation on people, especially families and children. This is
certainly on the increase in western countries. The sad part is that
many of these are agencies set up to protect the very people they abuse.
we can do about this is not clear but we certainly need to be more
aware of it and apply pressure to politicians (in particular) to put
safeguards in place that will limit this problem.
To end on a
positive note, our support friends for the site have spread to many
countries since we started and it is encouraging to see a rise in
groups that are making a stand in this area. One that I spend a lot of
time keeping in touch with is a Facebook group called Fighters Against
Child Abuse. If you are a Facebook member, I recommend that you link to
this group. We are also in the process of setting up a Facebook page as
well, just to spread the word even further.
Keep up the fight in
this area. Keep the news and links flowing in. And, above all, keep
this fight against abuse in your prayers.