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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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AmbivalentLotophage Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
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 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Your draws really make me think about these things.
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Soffiah Featured By Owner 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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rainbownyan Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Was he inspired by someone you know?
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Culturedropout Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
You are _so_ sweet, and so caring. And such an excellent artist and writer. Wow. Just... wow...
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LiversOnTheMoon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
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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KittySib Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww!
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GwennPhantom Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wooooow 0:
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ninnymuffin Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, that black eye is AMAZING
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awalk3r Featured By Owner 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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mexican-jo-cool Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so true. Children and adults who are abused need help telling someone. I have many people I know who were victims of many types of abuse (along with myself) and it ain't pretty.
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mad-genious Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
my day isn't ruined at all. i enjoy hearing what one has to say about things like this.
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FOXSUSENKO Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
From my experience, it's really hard to do something when you got the chance. Especially when you see that other people ignore or are indifferent to this kind of things, and you even really donīt know what is going on. I remember few moments when I got the chance and screwed it. One memory from my childhood specially.
There was this kid that I knew, we sometimes played together soccer, he was few years younger then me . Not from very good family and an outsider. Guys his age were bulling him. He held on handrail and they were pulling his legs, so he float in the air like one meter above ground. I didnīt saw them until I was very close. This boy looked straight into my eyes and I felt he was expecting me to do something SO badly. Until this day I still remember that feel from his stare. I could easily wiped out these little kinds and help him. Yet I kept my hands in pocket and just walked along like total ass. He soon lost it and fell on the concrete pavement...

I was quite away but I still heard that sound. It was this very point I felt that kick into my balls from some invisible guy and it makes me feel like total poop until this day whenever I think about it. I would rather die than do this again.
Being pretty much loser my self, I started looking for friends of this kind. I found out that unpopular kids are the best friends. They are really grateful for your company and they are very honest . I was always in good form and tall, so I never had problem to get things done when I wasnīt given other chance. Things got naughty when older douchebags got involved though. Then I wasnīt so much useful, but that is another story.

Wow, such a long text, sorry to bother you. I think I just needed to get it out of my chest. :salute:

tl;tr : Don't look away from people who need help or you will feel like a poop for rest of your life!!! :batman:
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Miss-Ame Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
your tl;dr really summed it up nicely with the full effect of the batman at the end.
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FaithStarLight Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your drawings to spread awareness are amazing yet so upsetting, but I'm glad you put such thought and effort into them so people realise and understand what happens in the world :(

As much as it's saddening, I think the colouring is great, especially on the bruise (as horrible as that is to write :X)
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Foamy91 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think its very astute to bring this up where so many people will read about it. I have a neighbor who's husband abuses her, her son (who gets the brunt of his anger), and her daughter (to a lesser extent) and it really breaks my heart. We tried to help her, he even was taken away from the house by cops at one point but she let him come back. Things never really change and if not already then sometime soon he will revert to his old ways. The woman doesn't want help so the best we can do is let them come over, give them some where safe... I honestly wish I could do more but-
Eh, sorry about that. I just have a lot of feelings on this subject. My mother was abused at one point and just more people should be aware of the subject and know that they can help. You don't have to turn a blind eye...
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Sylvano-DRAGON Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
wow. I don't know... wow.
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Needleguns Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There's this fruit stand by the supermarket and a single mother has two little boys. One time we parked the car near there, and I waited in the car for my mom to come back from shopping. The lady started to beat her children and twist their ears... I didn't know what to do, so I ignored it, I felt horribly guilty... The kids were crying and she was screaming at them, all because they had spilt a few coconut shavings on the floor...
D: But i think beating your child is common practice in Jamaica. Unfortunately.
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Ana-Who-Was-Mad Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Poor little Spike... T_T
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TheOneChaos Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awwwn.... I wanna hug him! :ohnoes:

you are awesome...
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tyggrrsgirl Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
i was one of those kids and now im happy maybe i think i have depression oh well XD
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ninjaelric Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
This is a powerful piece, and after reading through what you wrote...wow
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heathenhedonist Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
You are an awesome person, Elise.
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Otterbane Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Curious, does Charles view himself as a paedophile? Or does he think he "loves children/Spike" and the paedophiles on the news are nothing more than dirty criminals?

... Because I can't really see Charles associating with other paedophiles, or 'sharing' Spike?
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kittykat1231 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, Spike... D':
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E-challenger Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Awwwww! :,)
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Nocturne-31 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thank you for spreading awareness. I've seen stuff like this happen, and it's really sad.
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ICEEWolf Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
I really like how you did the black eye. I used to get a lot of those when I was little, but because I foolishly ran into walls...When ever I see Spike, I can't help but think of Oomph!'s ablum "Wunschkind", which revolves around the theme of child abuse. I don't know if you like the music, but look up the lyrics to the songs, they are so powerful.
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xxxWolfsSongxxx Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
I was one of those kids, and I asked for help from the time I was seven up until now, and have only just gotten help recently. I'm sixteen. No one bothered to look my way for nine years.

Now, the minute I see someone in trouble, I have to help. I didn't get it when I needed it most, and I would never put someone else through that.

The story you tell about Spike just means so much, and I remember being one of those kids with the bruises that would be ignored. Spike is so strong in so many ways, and Sam is just as strong for hanging in there with him.
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Butterflygirl113 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
HUG! I'm so sorry you were treated like that and nobody reached out. :( That you weren't helped sooner is unforgivable. From this brief post, you seem to be a strong and caring person with a lot of conviction. From that little window, you strike me as someone who's going to do wonderfully, take life by the horns, and MAKE it good for yourself. I wish you the best of luck in that, and wish I could have been there to help.
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xxxWolfsSongxxx Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Awwww..... you just made my day XD
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Butterflygirl113 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
:) I'm glad, but I hope you also have many good days!
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LaughingBanana Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
"Awwww, you just made my day XD
.......In bed"
:XD: I feel like stalking all the comments you make just so I could see the end result :P

But I'm glad that you got help :hug: NOW LETS DANCE :iconlawooplz:
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Needleguns Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"Awwww..... you just made my day XD

....... In bed."

THAT SIGNATURE MAKES IT SO FUNNY.
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SolrSurfr3 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This picture really speaks to me. In my opinion, the only people worse than abusers are the people who see abused and don't do anything about it. Is the human race really so selfish that we can just walk away when people need us? And meanwhile, the victims have to keep going through the same crap every single day.
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Kenny-White-Lion Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
1,548 views,322 favorites,23 comments come on people discuss.

Generally when you see a person that is in this situation I think it is really difficult. The reason is alright so you got them away from the abusive parent, now what? Either you take them in, they go to a government facility, or something. But sometimes the places listed are not the best options because they could be worse than the situation they were already in. But what would do is Pray, Sit, think and be willing to walk that extra mile.
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FreakoftheAngels Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Excuse me while I crawl into a corner.....
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TEK427 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Chuck needs to be punched. Now.
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Shadow-Gibson Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm just wondering Elize, have you ever personally encountered a child like this? going threw any kind of abuse? I'm just wondering because the way you describe it, it sounds like you've seen it yourself, or maybe have a good grasp on the concept either way I'm curious.

But I love the drawing it really reaches out for what your standing for and I support you all the way! :) I'll do my best to help kids who are going threw the same thing.
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oomizuao Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
there was this one girl in my class once, who didn't have any friends and was bullied. I wanted to be friends with her, help her out, but I was told to stay away from her because her dad was a mean ass bastard, and I shouldn't get involved. So I ignored her, like all the others did, and I'd even sometimes join in on the jokes about her - which I regret to this very day. About two years later, news spread that the police had finally taken action, and arrested her parents for child abuse and sexual abuse.
All the kids were send to foster homes, and from what I've heard they live happier lives now, which is good.

I guess that affected me somehow. Child abuse is something that I found and still find to be so wrong and unfair that I have no words to properly describe how bad I feel it is. Several things in my life has made me want to help people and be a good person, but mainly help others who have some major struggles in their lives, be it bullying, abuse, mental issues, what have you... I want to help. And I have my reasons, many reasons, but I just want to underline that no, I have not been a victim to abuse. I have had other struggles in life, but I choose to keep those out of the open, or just not speak of it in public.
But child abuse and abuse in general is something that disgusts and enrages me, because it's so bloody unfair. Therefore, I have researched it a lot, and cared about the matter for years now, so that I can spread some awareness and help any future victims I might meet. Or victims I might not meet for that matter.

Bottom line is, I try to educate myself on the subject so I can help others in need, but I do not have any personal experience with the matter.
...I guess I just have a good grasp on it, yes, and a lot of empathy...


Thanks a lot though :) I'm glad to have your support, and thanks for loving the drawing :aww:
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Shadow-Gibson Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that certainly answered my question, I didn't mean to pry I was just wondering is all because you have a firm grasp on the concept, I have been bullied before but it wasn't as big as other people go threw but I still try to help as much as I can with people or kids who went threw it.

But thank you for replying on my question as I'm sure your always busy and I feel glad you were able to answer it with such a long explanation it made me look at you from a different perspective.

I agree that it's unfair and considering the rise of more bully's out there it's good to get the word out.

Keep up the amazing work!
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rodrev Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you have so much focus on this. It's something that should not be overlooked. It makes me sad that's there are many who don't have obvious wounds, but I hope that if I ever meet one that I can see it anyway. In my little experience I have noticed that just being there and care, goes a long way. Just as you said it's hard to know what to do.
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Nayhed Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
i'm glad you bring this type of thing up, especially with your art. it's sad that this happens and its better to do something about it rather than to not get involved at all.
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theartsydoglover Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
:cry: Nice drawing. And you are amazing. It's sad how people just ignore these things each day and never say something. All you have to do is inform someone that can help and that will make all the difference.
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starmic Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
wow this work makes us get kinda invoves itīs good to see him finaly smile again skpike is bautifull and has beautifull eyes
aw chuck you are in my deathnote right now!
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5EDUX Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
ok

I... I promes u.u
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Ukefiend Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
His eye...
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PinkuKen Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Every violent in every way is horrible. It's sad but true that it's too easy to look away becouse it's easier that way for one self to not get involved. I myself have friend who have been abused mentally by her stepmother, and it's just easy to see what it has done to her. I never know her when that situation was on, but even if I know it's not my fault I wish I would have known her back then so I could have helped her some way. Now all I can give her is support, try to be there for her when she needs me.

This is very great picture! I feel so sorry for Spike, poor little thing :c
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Kagome-245 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
I think in gonna cry I know exactly how he looks like he feels my step dad used to be violet and stuff until my friend noticed a bruise on my face and told the teacher my step dad got anger help and he hasn't laied a finger on my out of anger since
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MusicOverload Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Man... this hits me right in the heart.

I once went to school with a large gash on my cheek, that was too neatly carved to be anything but a knife, and not even the teachers asked me why it was there.
Everyone knew I was being abused.
No body cared.
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