HERE'S WHAT YOU SAID, 67

 

Mrs. Marsha Covington  (Richmond, Virginia) - There are women who make things better simply by showing up. There are women who make things happen. There are women who make their  own way.   There are women who make a difference.  There are women of  wit and wisdom,  who through strength and courage make it though!  There are women who change the world everyday;  women like you.  - (Ashley Rice)   God Bless You.

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Melissa Covington  (Columbia, Maryland) - I have been blessed to work with children for over 25 years. I have babysat, been a teaching assistant, and later been a therapist.  I have worked with a variety of children and families.  I have seen the injuries—emotional and otherwise—inflicted on children by their “loved ones”.   I remember the anger and confusion when I worked in a pediatric intensive care unit and the family member who put them there was standing at bedside.  The images of the children burned and scalded reminded me distinctly of one of my malnourished toddler not even 2 years old who had large pressure ulcers (bedsores) on his back and legs. What must his life have looked like at home? Who picked him up? Who put him first? Some injuries come out of malice and some truly out of ignorance.  Every person was not meant to be a parent, and parenting is not natural to all people. As they say, “hurt people hurt people”.  Children who were hurt need the love and support to know what the opposite of hurt is.  Trusting and believing that they are now safe allows them to continue to grow and root themselves in an unwavering foundation.

I have been blessed to come from a strong family -- not a perfect family that's a myth -- but a family built on love and rooted in God. That love has surpassed any hardship or obstacles placed in the way. It is a blessing to know that there are organizations such as One Voice, One Sound that offer the love, support, and protection that are part of being in a real family.

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The touches of music throughout also remind me of one of my favorite Nietzsche quotes: "Without music,  life would be a mistake." I know that music has lifted me more times than I can count, and I know that this website was created with that musical balm in mind.  May it soothe all who hear it.  Godspeed.

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 M.D.C. - Well this is where my story begins:

 

I had just moved from Rochester, N.Y. to Winston-Salem N.C. working night shift at a hospital there, and I was in need of a daycare for my (8) eight year old daughter.  I found this nice church that we were attending,  where one of my church members ran a daycare in her home - so I placed my daughter in that home with her, but little did I know that something bad was going to happen to us.

I was a single mom trying to raise  my daughter right, and looking out for her best interest - both hers and mine. Yes I say both of us because it violated her and me. The church members'  husband took advantage of my daughter.  He tried to take away her virginity.  At that time she was eight years old and he was in his thirties.  What an awful shame.  He took my daughter out of the kids’ room  where the kids were sleeping on mats,  and told her to come into his bedroom.  He  then told my daughter to lock the door.  (Let me stop for a moment to cry,  because this takes me back to  an awful time in my life where there is pain and hurt.)  His wife was eight months pregnant,  and couldn’t sleep on their bed because her back was hurting because  their mattress wasn’t comfortable for her - So,  she slept in the living room on the sofa.

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My daughter was  frightened and alone.  He put his hands in her pants,  fondled and tongue kissed her.  He would had done more, but thanks be to God,  he thought his wife was getting up to come back to bed!  Oh my God!  What he did was very wrong.  

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She told me the whole story the morning that I was with her.   I was on my way to kill him at that time is what I felt I had to do.  I'm a mother  first,  and I was going to protect my family  from this awful bad man!  I would  always tell my daughter, " Don't let anyone go into your purse and try to get your change out.   keep your purse closed"!   We have been to all kinds of counselors that the Department of  Social Services had recommended - But nothing helped.  She is still battling with this today at the age of 33 years old - but through Prayer and Grace of  All  Mighty God,  I believe she will make it through.  He got jail time of 88 years - Not only for my daughter,  but for his wife’s niece who was about the same age as my daughter at that time.

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Thank You for this outlet to express my feeling about

 this terrible dilemma in our society. 

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Eva B. Crenshaw (Retired, U.S. Army),  Gregory I. Bradford (Retired, U.S. Army),  and  LouEllen D. Waggomen  c/o U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,  (Washington, District of Columbia)  -  Ms. Brooks, we cannot begin to tell you just how much you have greatly touched our hearts and our souls with your work advocacy work for the African - American children in our communities since 2005.  We can never repay all that you've done, nor  can we even pray enough for you and for yours.   God Bless you, Sister.  God Bless you.

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William Michael Looney - A very good subject to read about, Ms. Brooks.  Fantastic!

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Leila Henderson - C.J., Please keep the faith and keep growing. Love always.

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Marjorie Case Collins - My project for the semester was to do a paper on Libraries, but found your website to be the most enjoying of, things - knowledge I never new before, things they don't tell you in school. Keep it coming, Ms. Brooks.  You can never learn too much.

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Ruthie H. Pitts -  C.J., Thank you for this wonderful source of information on and about our children and the subject of Child Abuse.  I enjoyed it, and I will use it and share the source with others.

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Barbara Pitts Miller - Thank you for this wonderful and educational web site, Ms. Brooks.  I have a deep love for African-American information websites, and am very grateful for the conservation of this priceless history and the work you are doing on the site. Thank you, thank you, and thank you! I will spread the word about your wonderful web site.