Nobody knows the mask that I wear,
It looks like confidence but smells like fear.
If I could seem perfect than no one would know,
What really happened all those nights long ago.
A little girl, her innocence forever betrayed,
With nowhere to go, she was silent and stayed.
In time the pain was too much to bear,
So, she cried out for help to the closest one there.
Her voice may well have been silent cries,
For this one meant to trust said, “They’re dreams, they’re lies!”
That was the day trust died inside, and up went the walls,
Forever to hide.
Shame was her shadow, it now clings to her skin,
A victim of another man’s sin.
Removing Chains of Child Abuse
The short stories, art and poetry collected in Removing Chains Child of Abuse are from survivors of human trafficking, child abuse and bullying.
This project was made possible through our Community Partnership with Ark of Hope for Children. Ark of Hope is a human rights umbrella organization using a trauma informed approach to serve survivors through various programs. This includes our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ program.
These powerful stories allowed those who submitted them to experience writing and art as therapy. They give hope to the survivors reading them that they are not alone and they too can recover. This book is packed with resources for those still suffering, as well as signs to look for if someone suspects that a child is being abused. Book includes a journal at the back. Proceeds from book sales benefit Ark of Hope for Children.
Writing for the Soul Workshop™ uses writing as therapy to help those hurting, or who have been hurt -to get what’s on the inside …out. This process allows healing to begin. When we partner with great organizations like Ark of Hope for Children, the program then gives birth to books like Removing Chains of Child Abuse.
Together, we collected heart-rending stories, art and poetry from around the US and Europe that will encourage readers from all walks of life. Removing Chains of Child Abuse is the first book in the Restoring Hope series. The book is simply beautiful and each page is filled with hope, resilience and love for the reader. Just like Lisa’s poem that is featured in the book.