“I have been told a saying that, ‘Joy comes in the morning,’ but when is my morning coming?” said one girl recently who was locked up in detention. She went on to tell her story of being raised by a single mom who told her to believe in her future and dream big, yet their reality was far from that dream. Being evicted from an apartment and forced to live in the garage of her aunt – that was her reality. While there, she had to fight off the men who would stop by – too much for a 15 year old to have to deal with. Finally, she broke away…ran away. Being on her own had to be better than living there.
This is the story of one of the faceless kids that we work with. Faceless because we can’t show their pictures; you can’t see the tears that we see; you can’t hear the pain. Young girls and young guys are living in a real world of horror. Many parents have left them alone, so they live and learn on the streets. They face each day with uncertainty.
At Halloween time, people love to go to haunted houses. They love to dress up and play make-believe scary creatures. To many of our kids in jail and prison, they live with these real monsters every day. Sometimes, being locked-up is the safest place to be.
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