Upon having many conversations with different ladies a few things stick out. Most have not had any structure in their life. They don't have the basic skills to even live on their own successfully. The things we take for granted they treasure. In some ways being locked up is a relief, why would I say that? Because it's a chance to get face to face with their Maker. Let me give you an example.
I've had the pleasure of talking to a young lady about her many times being incarcerated. She is mid-twenties and never knew or had any thoughts concerning Christianity. As a matter of fact she would "bully" the Christians she did meet being locked-up. But God has a way of bringing you to your wits end, to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. This is what she wrote...
"The Monster Within"
My friends, my family, myself respect is gone; I never Sleep I'm up all night long, I "shake" all my sorrows away, I know not of God what can I say. The smoke I inhale makes my body so numb, the dirty rotten devil has me under his thumb. I feel nothing good in my heart, my world is upside down and falling apart. Oh why wont you Lord answer my screams and prayers, please come to me and dry all my tears. I've smoked this dope for so many years, my mind is consumed with nothing but fears. The paranoia and voices inside, Oh please God take me off of this roller coaster ride. The guilt and the shame that come along with my despair, take my cold bitter heart and give it some repair. Let me feel You in my presence so I know that You are there. Give me back my life and my soul will You spare. Let me take all my worries and hang them on the cross. For Your life Jesus was the only One that was cost. The monster I consume devours my flesh. It makes me do evil things and I never get no rest. My every thought is revolved around dope, the devil has my spirit tide up with a rope. I struggle, Oh Lord to just break free, to get back to normal and finally be me. Hear this prayer from the monster in me. Because if you don't only darkness lies within. Heaven, oh no there will be no hope. If You let me be destroyed by this drug called dope.
Around 120 million girls around the world, close to one in 10, have been raped or sexually assaulted by the time they turn 20, a new UN report has found.
In a global study of violence against children, the child welfare agency UNICEF reveals that one fifth of all murder victims are children and adolescents under age 20.
Homicide is the leading cause of death among boys and young men aged 10 to 19 inLatin American countries including Venezuela, Colombia, Panama and Brazil.
UNICEF says the study entitled "Hidden in Plain Sight" is the largest-ever study of violence against children, drawing on data from 190 countries.
"These are uncomfortable facts -- no government or parent will want to see them," said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.
"But unless we confront the reality each infuriating statistic represents -- the life of a child whose right to a safe, protected childhood has been violated -- we will never change the mind-set that violence against children is normal and permissible. It is neither."
Other abuses include bullying, which regularly affected more than one in three schoolchildren aged 13 to 15 worldwide.
And as for violent discipline, the study found that about 17 percent of youngsters in 58 countries were subject to severe forms of physical punishment, including being hit on the head, ears or face or being hit hard and repeatedly.
The UN report also tackles the mindsets it says perpetuate and justify such violence.
It recommended six strategies for preventing violence against children.
They include "supporting parents and equipping children with life skills; changing attitudes; strengthening judicial, criminal and social systems and services; and generating evidence and awareness about violence and its human and socio-economic costs, in order to change attitudes and norms."
© 2014 AFP