Behind Every Smile (Stop Child Abuse)

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Behind Every Smile

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There’s an untold story

behind every smile.

Such is life when you reside

in an abusement park.

He experienced a world of horror

where banners are always

black and blue.

A world of stolen laughter

where happy days were

far and few.

A never ending ride

where childhood was lost

like a treasured toy

never to be found.

Everything is lost riding

this sadistic merry go round.

He was a victim,

bullied and beaten,

until only one thing remained

inside his fragile fractured shell.

love

.

Child abuse. Silence is never the answer.

Image: Self

National Child Abuse Hotlines

U.S. and Canada…….1 (800) 4-A-Child or 1 (800) 422-4453
Great Britain…….Call 999 if the child is at immediate risk, or call the police on 101 if you think a crime has been committed.

ChildLine (for children and young people)
Telephone: 0800 1111 (free)
India ,,,,,,,,,,National Commission for Protection of Child Rights,
5th Floor, Chanderlok Building, 36, Janpath,
New Delhi – 110 001
(E-Mail: complaints.ncpcr@gmail.com)

A call can be made to Child line a 24 hours free telephone helpline service at the number 1098.

Albania
Helpline- +355 4 2308 20

Antigua & Barbuda
Friends Hotline Antigua and Barbuda – 800 4357

Argentina
102 Childhelpline – 102

Armenia
Child Protection Hotline – +3741240150 or 240160

Aruba
Stichting Arubaanse Kinder- en Jeugdtelefoon Aruba/Fundacion Telefon pa Hubentud– 131

Australia
Kids Help Line +61 7 1800 55 1800

Austria
Telefonhilfe fur Kinder und Jugendliche – 147

Azerbaijan
ETIMAD Sumgayit – 23131

Belarus
Smorgon Information Centre on children rights education/SICCRE – +375 1592 33 129

National helpline for domestic violence victims – 8-801-100-8-801

Belgium
Kinder- en Jongerentelefoon Vlaanderen VZW – 0800 15 111
ChildFocus – 110
Ecoute Enfants – 103

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Udruzenje roditelja tesko bolesne djece u BiH CLL line – 00387 65 341 298
Botswana
Childline Botswana- 0800 3900 900

Brasil
TECA – +55 21 2589 5656

123Alô! – +55 21 2197-1500

Brunei
Helpline Kebajikan – 141 or+673 238 0664;+673 238 0667;+673 238 0668

Bulgaria
National Hotline for Children – +359 2 981 93 00

Canada
Kids Help Phone +1 800 668 6868

Chile
Fono Infancia – 800 200 818

Colombia
Telefono Amigo – 106

Costa Rica
LÃnea Cuenta Conmigo– +506 800 2244-911

Croatia
Hrabri telefon (Brave Phone)– 0800 0800

Curaçao

Cyprus
Hotline for missing children – 116 000

Czech Republic
The Safety Line – 800 155 555
Hotline for missing children – 116 000

Denmark
BørneTelefonen (Children phone) – 35 55 55 55

Dominican Republic
Linea Telefonica para Auxilio – 538-6151

Egypt
Hotline for Children – 16000

Estonia

Patient groups – 126

AIDS helpline – 645 5555

NGO Lifeline – CONFIDENCE WHEN LIFE TÜDINUILE – 655 8088 or 1707

“Psychology Crisis intervention” NGO Lifeline (Prof. Psychologists) – 631 4300

YOUNG LINE CHAT – 646 1111

Tallinn Family Centre -6556 088

Finland
Child and Youth Phone – 0800 120400


France
Allo Enfance Maltraitee – 119

 

Gambia
199 Helpline – 199

Germany
Kinder- und Jugendtelefon Nummer ggen Kummer e.V. – 0800 111 0333

Greece
Hamogelo – 1056

Hong Kong
Against Child Abuse Hotline – +852-27551122

Hungary
Kek Vonal – 06 80 505 000

Iceland
RedCross– 1717

India
Childline India Foundation 1098

Indonesia
TESA – 129

Iran
The Helping voice – +98-21-850 1414 or +98-21-850 1415

Ireland
Child Line – 1800 666 666

Israel
L.O./Combat violence against women – 09952 8927

Italy
SOS il Telefono Azzurro19696

Jamaica
Friends Hotline – +1-888-991-4505 or 977 5754
Japan
Childline Support Center Japan (NPO) – 0120-99-7777

Jordan
110 for Families and Children – 110

Kazakhstan
Child Helpline – 150

Kenya
Chidline- 116

Korea, South
Hot Line 1391 / Rescue Line for Children – 1577 or 1391

Youth Hotline – 1388

Latvia
Child Helpline – 800 9000 or 116111

Lithuania
Childline8 800 11111

Luxembourg
12345 Kanner- Jugendtelefon – 12345

Macedonia
SOS Helpline for Children and Youth – +389 2246 6588

Malta
Supportline – 179

Mexico
Acercatel – 01800 110 10 10

Mongolia
Friends 1979 – 1979

Namibia
Lifeline/Childline Namibia – 926461226894

Nepal
Child Workers in Nepal – 427 1000

Netherlands
Landelijk Overleg Kindertelefoon – 0800 0432

New Zealand
The Kids Help Foundation Trust 0800 942 8787
Youthline Charitable Trust 0800 376 633
Kidsline – 0800 543 754

Nigeria
Human Development Initiatives – 0806 353 1872

Norway
Røde Kors telefonen for barn og ungdom (Red Cross Helpline) – 0800 33 321

Pakistan
Madadgaar Children and Women Help Line – 111 911 922

Panama
Tu Linea – 147

Palestine
Sawa Child Protection Helpline – 121

Paraguay
FONO Ayuda – 559 200 or 147

Peru
Fundación ANAR – +51 0800 22210

Philippines
Bantay Bata 163 – 163

Poland
Helpline.org.pl – 800 100 100

Portugal
SOS Criança– 27 793 16 17 / 800 20 26 51

Romania
Toll Free Line – 0800 8 200 200
Telefonul Copilului – 116 111

Russia
Hotline for Children, Teenagers and Parents (Magadan) – +7 41322 20878
Moscow Childline – +7 095 735 8484
Teenage social-psychological support (Tomsk) – +7 83822 244442

Senegal
Centre GINDDI – 800 88 88

Serbia
NAcionalna DEcija Linija- NADEL Srbija – 0800123456

Singapore
Tinkle Friend – 1800 2744 788

Slovakia
Linka detskej istoty: 1116 111, www.ldi.sk (child helpline)
Hľadané deti: 116 000 (missing and sexually abused children)

Slovenia
Tom National Telephone Network – 080 1234

South Africa
Childline SouthAfrica – 08000 55555

Spain
Fundación ANAR – 900 20 20 10

Sweden
BRIS – 0200 230 230

Switzerland
147 Telephonhilfe fur Kinder und Jugendliche – 147

T’ai-wan
113 woman and children protection helpline– 113

Thailand
Saidek – 1387

Trinidad & Tobago
Childline – 800 4321 ot 131

Turkey
ALO – 183

Ukraine
The Odessa Samaritans Peer Line – 482 221 744

Uganda
0800 111 222

United Kingdom
There-4-Me Childline UK – 0800 1111
Muslim Youth Helpline – 0808 808 2008
Childline Scotland – 0800 44 1111
NSPCC:
English – 0808 800 5000
Welsh – 0808 100 2524
Bengali – 0800 096 7714
Gujurati – 0800 096 7715
Hindi – 0800 096 7716
Punjabi – 0800 096 7717
Urdu – 0800 096 7718
Breathing Space – 0800 838587
Connexions – 080 800 13 2 19
Brimingham Space – 0800 072 5070
Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90
Runaway Helpline – 0808 800 70 70
Careline – 0181 514 1177
Youth 2 Youth – 020 8896 3675
Girls Space – 0800 072 5070
Get Connected – 0800 808 4994
Support Line – 020 8554 9004
Muslim Youth Helpline – 0808 808 2008

United States of America
National Runaway Switchboard– 1-800-621-4000
Childhelp USA – 1800 422 4453
Covenant House – 1800 999 9999

Uruguay
Linea Azul Servicio Telefónico – 800 50 50

Vietnam
Childline – 1800 1567

Yemen
YMHA – 236622

Zimbabwe
Childline – 961

337 thoughts on “Behind Every Smile (Stop Child Abuse)

  1. I haven’t seen such important and realistic post in a long time which touches everyone’s soul and at the same time is one of the most crucial issues that needs to be focused and addressed in world..it should touch all the persons who commit such abuse to innocent children in any form..

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  2. It’s really a sad situation but it gladdens my heart to know that there are great people out there who are fighting for these children.
    Thank you for taking out time to write this and also share the various rescue numbers of each country. I’m very hopeful that all our efforts won’t be futile.
    Genuine smiles will be returned to the faces of our children who have been victimized and abused.

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  3. Andrew, I am literally in my kitchen reading your post and giving you a standing ovation for being so courageous and telling your story so you can heal and help others who so desperately need it. I am so proud of you, the way you wrote it and the words you chose, I can see it came straight from the depths of your heart and soul. The contact numbers for each country at the end is so beautiful and helpful, what an amazing idea.

    I don’t know if you are familiar with Brené Brown and her work, but she is a wonderful resource to help people like yourself or anyone out there who knows the pain of shame. In her words she says the more you don’t share your story, the more shame it breeds but when you do talk about it and with people who have empathy, shame can’t survive. It takes so much vulnerability, courage and strength to write this post Andrew, I am sending you hundreds of hugs right now. I will include a TED Talk link of Brené’s here for you to watch and there are many more out there that I highly recommend. I hope you will find them useful and inspiring.

    I will also ask you to look up the quote by Marianne Williamson called “Our Deepest Fear” Please read this and let me know what you think. As for me, I think you have conquered your deepest fear right here, right now and I am so damn proud of you.

    Lots of love to you my dear friend ❤
    XOXO

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    1. Wow Jennifer, thank you so much for all your wonderful words. I check out the links and get back to you.

      It wasn’t easy getting the words down, but it was nothing like the challenge of surviving those tough years.

      I was physically beaten, so I never had to deal with shame, but the hate and anger I carried with me never disappeared until I learned to forgive. After that my recovery was so much easier. Determined to not be like my father, I became the man I am today.

      Jennifer I will get back to you tomorrow regarding your suggestions. Eternally grateful for your words and support.

      Thank you.

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      1. My pleasure Andrew. As you know, it’s very cathartic to write out how you feel and it takes a strong person to forgive someone, I’m so happy you had the strength to do that. Forgiveness is a gift we give to ourselves, not the other person, always remember that. I’m so sorry you had to go through such a tough time…you are a genuine and caring person. Not to mention, you are one cute kid in this picture 🙂 I have experience working with kids as a nurse in the operating room and it’s sad when I see things like this.

        Take your time checking out the suggestions, I’m always here for you. Have a wonderful evening brave soul.

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    1. Delighted you appreciate this. And honored that you think me worthy of an award. However, I do not participate in the giving or receiving of awards. My limited time would not let me. I hope you understand. Thanks and have a wonderful day.

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  4. Hey dew!! I have taken your examination.i told you about my family situation.all those was false
    Here i have happy family with my simple natured n kind hearted.person.my children are most obdient.i am happy at my plaçè.no need to worry for me.bè relàx. Be well .here is nothiñg only drama ì have done.bless you n Allie n GOOD BYE.

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  5. Never realized there are soo many organizations in the world helping to stop this. But why still so prevalent? You hear many stories but many may not even know what child abuse is and what entails it.

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  6. I hope there is more awareness about this issue and this was a great post. Especially posting of helpline numbers of maximum possible countries is an awesome initiative. 😊

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  7. This is something that l have been pondering for many days and how when l was a child l would have been classed as an abused child….even though today its mild compared to the stories l read and also publish. How far it takes people from a word to a slap to abuse of a child for sexual gratification and how morals get forgotten. Without love we have no life without hate we would have no pain and its pain that creates the devils work that l suffer and so many others are still are suffering today. This post must be added in full and l will do that later my friend. God Bless its hard to talk when you feel what happens to you …🙏

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    1. Ian, I am touched by your reaction. Saddened to hear you have experienced any of this pain yourself.

      There are so many horror stories that come to light and we try to understand how these things could happen. We ask ourselves what was going through the abuser’s mind to think their behavior was justified.

      Thank you reading and for your comments. God bless.

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      1. Thanks Andrew it happened when l was around 30 but at 64 and my faith in God l am just about able to talk about it: It was at the hands of a woman and all because l cared too much about her and she hurt me just with words but being sensitive it really went deep and took a man who felt love for anyone and change me adding difficulty in relationships and pain ….But only by forgiving her as she knew not what she did l was able to see the light: Realising it started with my mothers lies and led to wearing my ❤️ on my sleeve and l got used and abused and as the saying goes ‘ speak the truth and it sets you free ‘ and in my case it has God Bless Ian 🙏

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  8. My heart goes out to you as a child. It goes out to all those people who were hurt, neglected, abused or killed during family arguments. It is scary and my year and a half at a battered women’s shelter, I worked as a Child Advocate heard and saw cringe worthy situations. So extremely depressing but your phone numbers are giving Voice and Hope to others in the world. 🌍 ❤️ 🌏 ❤️ 🌏
    Bless you, Andrew. 🙏

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