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Keisha Merchant

Seldom Do I Cry: Speak Your Cry


    Adolescence: Vulnerability, Fertility, Sex Trafficking, HIV/Aids

    Seldom Do I Cry: Speak Your Cry

      It is in the youth that change must come. (Murray, p. 83) In the inhumane and degrading treatment of a child, we as a culture face with the challenges of what are we going to do with this vulnerability to children growing up in an age without healthy conditions to find dignity and freedom.  It is in the slave like practices, torture and mental barriers our young girls, and teens become domestic workers in the workplace and in the bed of prostitution.  It saddens my heart that we have ignored the these girls as though the rights as the wealthy can continue to blame families and poverty in the fact that accountability is denied for physicians to perform surgeries and give medical treatment without charge for young girls under these conditions. 

     We as a culture excuse the ideology that prostitution, child labor and trafficking is exploitation.  No matter how many watch dogs we have as grassroots organizations to fight and protect girls equality and human rights, the approach is still denied when access to resources is still kept in the gatekeepers mansions.  It is in the face of challenge we become numb to this ever growing discrimination against girls.  The violation to their bodies, mental health and social freedoms increase because policy and universal no cost health care is eliminated.  The heart of the matter is if we as a culture of women going to rescue girls, it is in a strategic plan that we must create a new business of customers.  Our industries of capitalism which I call free market must be manipulated and progressively pass away through our ability to network and connect with resources of our own to assist girls freely.  It is in the brothels that drugs and debts are found, so it is in my mind that escorting girls to another level of work that is giving back their self-esteem and develop integrity, health, medical treatment and safety will have to come raising up organizations that invite girls to work as a commune society that assist them in escaping dangerous conditions that are addictive and potentially enslaving. (Kristof and WuDunn, p. 39)

     In the slum of Kasturba Nagar, outside the central Indian city of Nagpur, girls and women stand to nurture assertiveness, education and empowerment training can show girls that femininity does not entail docility. (Kristof and WuDunn, p 47) It is within women voices that we must as a culture allow us to protest and do not blame victims for the victimization.  I understand that women are in need of role models, structural support, medical treatment that do not cost. Security and safety systems must be developed, education and training that are without costs, and finally policies set in order to protect their future and lifestyles as they develop and become survivors of abuse.

     It is within the color line that classification of value still plays a role of resource distribution of girls to women.  It is within these color lines girls face the opportunity to demand or to be heard.  It is within these voices women must still learn how to speak up when slapped back down.  The problem is not the spoken word of these girls, but their predators that rape them when they are encouraged or try to find their path to speak.  The danger lurks within the walls of the law enforcers and other ways of condoning murder and subliminal messages to give up.  Though the revolution within the women is in the streets, they still face danger daily in the institutions to be given nurture and resources.  (Lorde, Cables to Rage (1970) Coal, Norton, 1976.) “Love is word, another kind of open.   As the diamond comes into a knot of flame I am Black because I come from the earth's inside Now take my word for jewel in the open light.”
    Lorde,Audre,  Cables to Rage (1970) Coal, Norton, 1976.


    Murray, From Outrage to Courage, Common Courage Press, Monroe Maine. 2008.
    Kristof, Nicholas, WuDunn Sheryl, Half the Sky, Borzoi Book, 2009.