Spike trying to stoically smile, pretend that nothing's wrong, while evidently, something's terribly wrong.
Still, no one bothers to ask about it..
"It's probably nothing," they think. "Someone else will help him." "I don't want to get involved."
It's the sad reality; way too often when people, even adults, see kids in trouble, they can't be bothered to reach out a helping hand.
Though, a lot of times they don't know what to do, and I can understand that it's hard to know what to say or how to help. But if you suspect that a child or some other person is victim to abuse, and you don't know how to help, contact someone. Support Centers or something like that. You can even call such Centers anonymously, and ask for advice on what you should do.
These kids deserve to be seen, to be heard. They deserve to get away from the abuse.
... I just felt like saying a little about this.
I know most of you would want to help kids like these, and that's great! But I know that a lot of times it's not easy to be the one to help them out; knowing what to say, and even listening to what they might tell you, it can be tough. It's not fun to hear about such things, it can be very hard, emotionally. And maybe that's why so many avoid helping these kids - they don't want that emotional pain in their lives. To me, though, if I knew someone who'd been a victim of abuse, it would be worse for me knowing that I could've helped them but didn't, than having to maybe sit down and hear that someone talk to me about it.
They might not say a lot, either. Might not say anything at all, or they might say a lot. It varies. But a common thing is that they will say very little about it, because they're told not to tell anyone for instance.
Another thing to do is to ask someone with more knowledge about these things to help you help the kid out. Psychologists, doctors, Support Centers, websites even. Just Google it, and you'll find somewhere you can call to ask for advice.
Sorry to bring this up, as it might ruin someone's day to read about, I'm sure. I just felt the need to spread more awareness of this again, as I feel it's an important thing to say. I might ruin someone's day, yes, but if this can help just one person, I'd say it's worth ruining a day or two.. right?
art and character (C) Elise M. S. / oomizuao 2012