Richard Covington (Richmond, Virginia) - I am survivor of child abuse - and when it comes at the hands of those who are given the responsibility of protecting you as a child, its effect can be devastating. It's only by the grace of God that I survived! It is said that "hurting people hurt people". Especially when a mother turns abusive to her offspring and the innocent child cannot comprehend why this abuse is only when the mother is under the influence of alcohol. It caused me to find and go to a place deep inside myself while suffering, wondering and questioning what I have done to cause my mother (who was supposed to be nurturing and loving) to inflict wounds upon my spirit, soul and body.
I was given a protector in the form of my older sister who would stand against my mother in times when she wanted to physically harm me, and not allow me to be abused. This was an era where I as a child had no voice and suffered silently, while it was unknown to only one family member, my guardian angel.
Set free, delivered by the miraculous power of God!
As an adult, I am still growing in grace and learning to love myself and others. Thank God for you C.J., for developing a tool that can be used further to loose the prisoners of all kinds of childhood abuses. My prayers are with you as you seek to fight and make known the evils of this world that have come to destroy our children in their youth. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ empower you and keep you with love!
Christy Thomas-Spann (Columbus, Georgia) - Abuse comes in many forms, and id damaging not only to the abused, but also to the abuser. It perpetuates a cycling effect that will take intensive prayer and counseling to break. People have to first admit that there is a problem - because what you wont confront, you cannot fix. Most abusers don't want to be abusers, but are afraid to confront the real issue. I think because this situation is so wide spread and most abused children are conditioned not to say anything, the only thing we could do it to keep an eye out and report when there are signs of neglect or visible bruises. If we just listen, we will be able to detect emotional abuse and be able to look deeper into the situation and begin the healing process for everyone involved.
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Dr. C. (Wheaton, Maryland) - I just wanted and needed to take time to complement you on your efforts to help us to begin to understand what child abuse looks like. I have learned so much by keeping up with your Web page and your message of hope for so many children who may be saved by your diligent work to inform all of us.
Your efforts have not fallen on deaf ears. As a survivor you are someone who can share the truth about child abuse, but more than that you have also created an amazing outlet for those of us who share your passion and your desire to inform and offer hope.
For anyone who is afraid to report abuse your account of your constant abuse as a young child should wake every one up to the fact that we are many times the only one who can help a child and bring about change. We as a community must never forget about the children for they are our future and they need us to help them to survive.
Mrs. Cherie Sturbridge (Los Angeles, California) - While both eloquent and impassioned, this website and the book by Ms. Brooks reaches beyond the standard memoir to something more affecting and enduring. Great work, Ms. Brooks. Keep up the "great" work.
Frederick A. Mackler - Relentless in its portrayal of the evil of Child Abuse, this website challenges every survivor to greater courage. Thank you Ms. Brooks, for all you are doing.
Wendy L. DuPruis - (Long Island, New York) - This website is as eye-opening as the Authors' Biography. After reading both, you’ll never hear of an abused child without shuddering.
Dr. James K. Marchand - This is a fantastically propulsive website. In swift, startling words alone, Ms. Brooks makes visible the ornate prison of African-American Child Abuse that constricts the spirits of ordinary people and crushes the spirits of extraordinary ones. The narcotic high from this website and the book, "I And When" (A Disposable Child). Mindblowing! Keep going, Mrs. Brooks. I have been folowing your work now for over ten years. Please ... Keep going.
Deacon Addie M. Freshour - Stern (Howard University School of Divinity / Washington, District of Columbia) - The broad strokes of Child Abuse among our African-American children will be familiar to most, but C.J.'s personal account is the most lucid and eye opening online yet written. She uses messages and the personal accounts of herself as a Child Abuse Survivor to reconstruct her experience, and these are among the most vivid and heartbreaking passages in the book. Incredible. Great work, Mrs. Brooks. May God give you the strength to continue always.
Cheryl A. Milliken (Ulta Shoppes / Silver Spring, Maryland) - Ms. Brooks' addictive book, "I And When" (A Disposable Child), introduces readers to the cold, harsh reality of Child Abuse, where victims and survivors can and do include nearly anyone on the World Wide Web. This website brings it all home. Great Ministry, Ms. Brooks!
Y. Elliott (Monroe, South Carolina) - Dear Ms. Brooks: I take this opportunity to thank you for creating this site that speaks for the children who have no voice. Your website is clearly a testament to your voice that speaks for the children who are forgotten and who are suffering in silence. I commend you for your work in this area.
As a teacher, there are times I have had a suspicion about a child in my classroom. Sometimes it gives me pause to look carefully and to go through all of the questions of whether I should get involved, but for that few seconds I know that the life of an abused and or neglected child is in the balance. So with that in mind I don't hesitate to report what I see in a child's face.
The crusade you are on will help save many children's lives.
Having a site such as yours may help a reluctant person to be brave and report any suspicion of neglect or abuse. This is a subject that is many times hidden or overlooked because it is so ugly.
If there is anyone reading your sight and is aware of a child who might be a victim of abuse please be the first to report what you suspect, you could be saving a child's life. You can report to the police or the school system. Just please report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect.
It is websites like yours, Ms. Brooks, which give hope to children. Keep doing the work you have a passion for. Thank you for bringing to light a topic that is so often stigmatized and hidden. May you continue to be blessed as you seek to speak to all of us on behalf of the children..