Have you ever spoken up when you saw something going on that was wrong? Were you scared? What ended up happening?
My writing prompt from a new book – 300 writing prompts – I picked this up from a local Barnes & Noble while out with my oldest boy.
So have I ever spoken up when I saw something going on that was wrong? Oh yes! During my first marriage there was an instance where a young child was being abused. I could hear the yelling and hitting through the walls I could hear the child being thrown and hitting the walls and floor. I heard his cries and his fathers yelling.
This young boy was an innocent. He didn’t deserve this. No one … not one person did anything to stand up to the father doing this. So I did! I called child services on him. My husband was mad that I even mentioned it, so I did it anonymously. I was not about to let this continue.
Was I scared? Yes. The man was known to be an abuser of women and now I knew he abused children. To me this act of kindness was worth any abuse I may encounter. I had to do what I could for that child.
What happened? Well, the child services did come and investigated the situation. No one stood up and said anything of any substance. I was heart-broken. They left that young boy with the father. While no one would confront me they all knew I had made the call.
I grew up in an abusive home. There was NO WAY I was going to allow that to happen to another child if I could do anything to help.
Not long after this they moved away and I really don’t know what happened with the boy because I didn’t stay in that marriage, but I know with all certainty that I did what was right in that moment.