By Linda Whitworth
The Right of a Child (part 2)
When I wrote about “The Right of a Child”
Almost two decades ago
It was about children from developing countries,
Not here in the UK, I country I know
Or at least I thought I knew …..
A developed country with thousands of laws,
Not a place where our children are suffering
At the hands of their ‘supposed’ mentors
Teachers and coaches, people in positions of trust
Yes, paedophilia is RIFE.
It’s in families you could never have imagined,
Firmly established in our everyday life
The Rotherham and Rochdale scandals,
Gangs grooming our young.
Plying them with drugs and alcohol,
While their associates line up to have their fun.
And the fathers who whisper secrets
To the daughters and sons they abuse.
Words of special games and beloved prince and princesses
This is their daddy – how can they refuse?
Years and years of suffering
In a place they call home
Cowed into submission
Frightened and alone.
Don’t let them win – these animals
This chapter needs to be closed
Shout out loud and speak the truth
So the monsters can be exposed.
Don’t keep their secrets,
They only lead to lies
Never be scared to share them
With someone you know to be wise
It is not your fault
You are not to blame
You didn’t do anything wrong
This is NOT your shame.