I love to be entertained by stories of people and places. It doesn’t matter whether the story is on film or in a novel. I enjoy being in someone else’s drama because it takes me away from mine for a little while.
Unfortunately, not all stories are entertaining to me.
There are TV shows, movies, and books that I choose not to watch or read because of what happens to the children. Some of the characters portrayed by a child are abused, raped, murdered, tortured, or terrorized. These scenes had always caused physical pain in my stomach and made me cry. Because of that, many years ago I decided not to watch or read anything that victimized children in the story line.
In November of 2010, I saw a show called CNN Heroes, an annual television special created by CNN to honor individuals who make extraordinary contributions to humanitarian aid and make a real difference in their communities. The nominee who won that year was Anuradha Koirala, who devotes her life to rescuing women and girls from sex slavery. At the time, her group had saved over 12,000 women and girls.
Some of them told their stories to the world during the special.
While I was watching it and hearing their stories, I remembered my feelings about why I stopped watching TV shows or movies that portrayed children as victims. It caused me to wonder how these stories could affect someone who may enjoy seeing children victimized or perhaps was one who actually propagates such abuse, and I felt a pain through my entire soul.
Together, we can make a difference in the world. Choosing to watch or read something with violence is one thing. Choosing to watch or read about a child being victimized is another.
I would never let any of the kids in my life watch something about a child being victimized, so why would I watch it? Some genres of entertainment labeled to be inappropriate for children to watch, may also be inappropriate for children to be characters in that fictional work.
At the very least, I believe another “rating system” logo should appear in all forms of violent fictional works, not just films, which will indicate the author chose to create only adult characters to be the victims in their work.
Child abuse is all too real in this world. We don’t need to add to it within our fictional works.
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My name is Laura Mozer Davis, and I was born over half a century ago. My life’s journey has included raising three children as a single parent while caring for my parents who both became disabled during the last 10 years of their lives. Now that my children are grown and my parents have passed into the next part of their journey, I finally have time for me to grow as a person, not as just a care-giver. What I am learning, however, is that my destiny is to always be a care-giver. When I started writing for The Daily Sisterhood blog, I realized that I was to continue my care-giving through my writing. If my words help even just one person find either solace or joy, I know my life continues to have meaning.