Let us first take a look at abuse. What exactly is abuse? Abuse is any intentional or unwanted physical contact. This can also be a use of hurtful or degrading words that cause psychological or emotional damage to a person. The definition according to Merriam Webster Dictionary: Abuse can be: 1. A corrupt practice or custom. 2. Improper or excessive use or treatment. 3. A deceitful act. 4. Language that condemns or vilifies usually unjustly, intemperately, and angrily. 5. Physical maltreatment. In simple terms abuse can come in any form. The more common as stated above are physical and psychological or emotional. Physical abuse can be any contact that is unwanted such as a kick or a punch. It can be as simple as a scratch or as harmful as sexual contact. No matter which way physical abuse is given it will always be linked to psychological or emotional abuse because both go hand in hand. Anyone can be affected by both forms of abuse. Some of the signs and symptoms are: Bruises, burns, cuts, scars, broken bones, a person may try to play everything off as an accident when asked how each was received. The abused, more often women will do this, will make an excuse for the person who is abusing them and sometimes will use the words ‘it was my fault’. How can you help these people? There are many places to go. One, the police, two a counselor, or anyone in the field of helping others. Two, there are multiple websites that are there offering advice and numbers of which to call. If you see or know of someone being abused help as much as you can.
From abuse to human trafficking, both are one in the same. What is human trafficking? It is the selling of a human being for work or sex. According to Merriam Webster Dictionary: It is the organized criminal activity in which human beings are treated as possessions to be controlled and exploited. (as by being forced into prostitution or involuntary labor). www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/human%20trafficking Human Trafficking effects everyone in the world. Men, women, and children are often sold mostly for sex. This is going on all around the world including the United States. Well over 17 thousand people are trafficked into the US yearly. How to tell if someone is part of human trafficking: a worker lives with their boss, the person is unable to speak to an individual alone, physical abuse, and the person may be fearful. How can you help? There are multiple websites out there, again there is always the police if human trafficking is suspected, and there are numbers you can call.
Abuse and human trafficking may lead to suicide. If one suffers enough physical, psychological abuse rather from an abusive situation or from being in a human trafficking group too long the effects can lead to the person being withdrawn and wanting away out to save themselves. This is when suicide will come into play. If a person starts to have suicidal thoughts, get them help immediately. Rather they talk to you or someone else such as a counselor a mentor or anyone willing to help them. If talking won’t help there are many websites with information filled on ways to help. Most will probably mention talking, but there are hundreds of coping mechanisms out there.
The above paragraphs have stated many different things on abuse, human trafficking, and suicide. These are problems in the world that many times get over looked. The overlooking however needs to stop. If you see or hear anything about abuse, human trafficking, or suicide check out some of the websites below. Also be sure to check out the Broken Series by Angela Fattig as her books touch base on such subjects.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
www.sprc.org/states/wisconsin (This one you can choose any state you are in to look up information about places that will help)
National Domestic Violence Hotline:
UK Women’s Aid:
0808 2000 247
1 800 737 732
US & Canada:
1 800 688 009
0800 – 543 – 754
Other International helplines can be found:
National Human Trafficking Resource Center:
1 – 888 – 373 – 7888
International / US :
National Sexual Assault:
www.d2l.org (This is a Child Sexual Abuse helpline)
:: Women Helping Women
Broken Series by Angela Fattig:
Just…Breathe Book 1
The Heart Won’t Lie Book 2