EYES OF FEAR!!! How many children….


How many children have been terrorized. Having eyes of fear?  Too many to count. We as survivors know the fear they have.  Our eyes also had that fear inside. They internalize the hurt they feel.  On the outside they may look fine to others.  Carrying on their day to day lives when away from home.  Not wanting to show the fear that dwells inside their eyes to others.  

Afraid to tell.  Afraid it will cause them more pain by their abuser.  Often times an abuser tells them they will hurt them or others in their family.  Silence.  Binds them together.  A secret!! Secured. Locked by the fear of what their abuser tells them.  

We, as survivors of abuse.  We are the voices for children hurt/abused/murdered.  We have escaped our abusers, are now free, alive.  We have a voice, because we decided we were not going to keep the “secret” quiet any longer.  We created a change in ourselves.  From the quiet, solemn child, or the child who entered into a world  of drugs/alcohol/etc. to an adult who looked for therapy, to help cope with the past, the P.T.S.D. to free us, and help us move forward.

Now, as we have moved forward in our lives, not letting the past hold us captive, we now have the strength to be a voice for the voiceless!!!  Our hurt consumed us.  We don’t want that for the children today.  We want them and any other survivors, to come forward, tell their story, as hard as it is. Releasing it brings a huge relief inside your body. As we use our voices, now powerful.  We are letting others know that it is okay to tell.  To break free from the shackles that held you prisoner.

We are helping to let children know, that it is the fault of their abuser.  The children did nothing wrong, no matter what the abuser said, or tells you will happen.  We the voices that were once silent, are here to help free all children who live in fear.  Hoping that they will listen.  So that they will never again have to face another day with EYES OF FEAR!!!!

By Mary Graziano©                                                                     April 24, 2016




April is Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Abuse Awareness month in the U.S.A.

Will you be there for the children of abuse?

Michal Madison Art's photo.
Michal Madison Art with Michal Madison and Mary E Graziano.

I Will Be There For You

I will be there for you
To lift your spirits high,
Take away your doubts and fears
When all you do is cry.

I will be there for you….
Give you a shoulder to lean on
Without words I’ll hold you tight
And help you to be strong.

I will be there for you….
When no-one else does care,
Wipe the tear-drops from your cheeks
When life is just not fair.

I will be there for you….
When the darkness swallows night,
Hold your hand ‘til you do sleep
Together win this fight.

I will be there for you….
When shadows frighten so,
Reassure you, love you forever
Be with you as you grow.

I Will Be There For You…..

Written by Mary Graziano©
art by Michal Madison


A child, such a precious gift given to us by our Creator. To protect. To love. To keep safe. Until the day they are reunited with God. Children are innocent. Not deserving of living with the pain from abuse of any kind. A child is suppose to bring to us so much joy and happiness. Seeing their smile for the first time. How much love they give us, and we give them. No child should have to suffer at the hands of abuse, neglect, thrown away like a “rag doll.” Please!!! Open your eyes, don’t look away if you see a child being abused. If a child comes to tell you. Don’t ignore. Listen. Get help. So many times people turn the other way. Seeing signs and knowing the signs of abuse, is important to saving the life of an innocent child. This poem I wrote a few years ago is heart wrenching but to the point…It goes along so well with my close friend Michal Madison’s painting. MG. Feb. 13, 2016


Hi. Just thought I would tell you.
If you will listen.
Hear me say.
You were so happy.
When I was born to you.
You rejoiced. Were glad that day.
Now that I’m here.
It’s different.
No hugs. Do I ever receive.
Whenever I cry.
You smack me!!
My thoughts.
My heart how they grieve.
I weep for myself. I’m hurting.
I just don’t understand.
What did I do. So wrong to you?
I feel like a speck of sand!!
I’m a little girl/boy who needs you.
I don’t like it when your emotions.
Become wild!!
When you scream. Bruise. Abuse me.
Can’t you see!!!

Prose by Mary Graziano ©
Revised February 13, 2015

Title “I’m Not A Burden, I’m Just A Child” &
Beautiful watercolour painting
By my wonderful friend/artist
Michal Madison©
Prints ~www.Michal-Madison.ArtistWebsites.com

Michal Madison's photo.


My poem made into a song by my friend singer/songwriter George Robertson. This song is about how we raise our voices and shout out loud and clear when an animal is being abused, but how many of those people raise their voices and shout loud for the abuse of an innocent child? Something is wrong here. A human life should be first above any other life. NO CHILD SHOULD BE ABUSED/ neither should an animal..but when child abuse is talked about,
people turn the other way and pretend it doesn’t have anything to do with them, but it does..