What you should know
What You Should Know
- No one has the right to abuse you.
- You don’t deserve to be abused.
- If you are being abused, you are a victim.
- It’s not your fault that you are being treated this way.
- It is wrong that you are suffering this pain, fear or sadness.
- You are not alone. Other kids suffer abuse, too.
- Sometimes abusers scare or threaten kids so they won’t tell.
- There are people who care about you and want to help you.
- If you are being abused, please tell a safe person – that’s someone you can trust like a teacher, counselor, school nurse, neighbor or parent. You can also talk to a Child Protection Team member at your Templer.
You can call the ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection anytime day or night. The CPO is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Should you not be able to speak good English, translators from the local Child Protection Team will be immediately contacted to help you.
How to protect yourself from abuse
Do not be alone with anyone who hurts you.
Listen to the little voice or gut feeling inside you when it says that what is being done to you isn’t right.
Find an adult you trust and tell them what is happening. If they don’t believe you, keep telling other adults until someone does believe you!
The adult you talk to about your abuse (perhaps a teacher or a neighbor or Child Protection Team memeber) may want to tell the Police or Child Protective Services about the person who is hurting you.
The Child Protection Office or Child Protection Team member at your Temple will be able to tell you what may happen after a report of abuse is made.
A lot of people don’t realize it, but every day in the United States thousands of kids are abused. That adds up to millions of kids each year. More than 3.3 million in fact. This is happening all over the world with South Africa leading in the highest number of child abuse cases.
Often children and teens are abused by the people who are closest to them like family, friends, sitters, neighbors and sometimes even teachers and coaches. These are the very people that children should feel the safest with.
You are not alone. We can’t help, if we don’t know.