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-Spike- smile for the crowd by oomizuao -Spike- smile for the crowd by oomizuao
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
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:iconambivalentlotophage:
I agree. Situations like that have many factors and consequences so sometimes it's difficult to know what to do. Ideally no one should be subject to physical harm outside of self-defense.
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Alice1236 Sep 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Your draws really make me think about these things.
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Sooffb Aug 10, 2013  Student General Artist
I knew this guy who was beaten up by his father. he was a close friend of mine, and I knew about this, I tried telling him that he had to talk to someone about it, but even thought he did tell a teacher about this and eventually he stopped being beaten up, the emotional situation didn't change for me nor for him. I could see the psychological damage my friend had and I felt so helpless and useless.
Soon I started having nightmares about me being the one beaten up, those were so real that when I woke up I could almost feel the "bruises" I had gained in the dream, and it was just terrifying.
I decided not to tell anyone about this, I got to accept that I couldn't just make all the abusers dissappear from the world, instead I tried being really kind to the boys and girls who didn't have any friends and things like that... even though this was long time ago, it still hurts. and it hurts to see a child with a bruise, and every time I see one, I can't keep myself from thinking it's beeing abused.
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:iconrainbownyan:
Was he inspired by someone you know?
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:iconculturedropout:
You are _so_ sweet, and so caring. And such an excellent artist and writer. Wow. Just... wow...
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:iconliversonthemoon:
I love the detail you put into his bruised eye. I didn't even notice it at first, until I looked closer, and that speaks to the invisibility of abuse. Unless you're willing to look closer, you can easily miss those details.
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GwennPhantom Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wooooow 0:
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ninnymuffin Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, that black eye is AMAZING
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awalk3r Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I can't believe how amazing your artwork is! Not to mention the amount of emotion that is put into not just your art, but your novel as well. I am truly amazed
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