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I believe that the silence that surrounds the issue of abuse suffered by more boys and girls every day, is broken as we, parents and also teachers, educate and encourage children to denounce, to "shout", when someone does something that bothers them or that they don't like. With "Estela, scream very loud!", Children can learn to defend, with courage, their dignity and respect for themselves. A book that can help and liberate children who suffer some kind of abuse.
The book is, and always has been, a very effective tool when it comes to education. I have known this book for a long time, but I never tire of recommending it. This book tells a moving story, starring Estela, a shy and loving girl, who changes her character based on the advice that Conchita, her teacher, gives her: "When someone wants to hurt you or what you think is not right, shout! very strong!".
Thanks to this magical advice, Estela acquires the courage and security to face her uncle Anselmo who lately does things to her that she doesn't like at all. After eating, while the whole family is distracted by chatting at the table, her uncle takes her to a room, takes off her clothes and tickles her all over her body, even in the parts that she doesn't even know herself. That makes her feel very bad, but her uncle tells her that it is a secret game, that no one can know, and that he does it because she is the niece that he loves the most.
Today, only one in 10 children manages to report abuse. That is why it is important to make them aware of the need not to shut up in the face of sexual abuse, and that they perceive that they are free to speak, without fear that they will not believe them, or that they will be blamed for what happened. It is difficult to detect abuse, although there are some signs that can help parents and educators to identify possible abuse, such as sudden changes in diet, behavior or sleep disturbances in children. The child begins to have continuous nightmares, and to be more nervous than normal.
According to the Abused Children Aid Network, RANA, abuse is on the rise. Today, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys suffer from it, mainly in the family or closest environment. Prevention is paramount. As parents, the first thing we must learn is to listen to our children, it is to observe their behavior and be alert for changes. It is also up to parents to convey trust and respect to them, only then will they feel safe to share with us their concerns and fears, and to "shout" that they are being abused.
Vilma Medina. Director of our site
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