A CHILD’S PURPLE HEART
I created this design for child victims of sexual abuse. The central theme of the kid-like color blocked bow is a purple heart.
The official Purple Heart presented to military personnel throughout history is defined as this:
” The Purple Heart differs from all other decorations in that an individual
is not ‘recommended’ for the decoration; rather he or she is entitled upon
being killed or wounded in a manner meeting the specific criteria:
*In any action against an enemy of the United States;
*In any action with an opposing armed force of a foreign country
in which the Armed Forces of the United States are or have been
*While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed
conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United
States is not a belligerent party;
*As a result of an act of any such enemy of opposing armed forces;
*As the result of an act of any hostile foreign force;
*As a result of an international terrorist attack against the United
States or a foreign nation friendly to the United States;
*As a result of military operations, while serving outside the
territory of the United States as part of a peacekeeping force.
*By weapon fire while directly engaged in armed conflict,
regardless of the fire causing the wound.
*While held as a prisoner of war or while being taken captive.
A ‘wound’ is defined as an injury to any part of the body from an outside
force or agent. A physical lesion is not required…
Individuals wounded or killed will be awarded the Purple Heart as
long as the projectile or agent was released with the full intent of
Examples of enemy-related injuries which clearly justify award of the
Purple Heart are as follows:
*Injury caused by enemy bullet, shrapnel, or other projectile
created by enemy action.
*Injury caused by enemy placed mine or trap.
*Injury caused by enemy released chemical, biological or
*Injury caused by vehicle or aircraft accident resulting from
*Concussion injuries caused as a result of enemy generated
Now, the way I see it, any human being – Child, Woman, or Man…civilian, military, citizen, foreigner – who has experienced sexual abuse is just as entitled to such an award as people who fight wars involving tanks and bombs.
Sexual abuse IS war – it’s a war on defenseless children. No one asks to be the victim of abuse, but there you have it, children and adults alike are held captive every day in this and other countries for the sick pleasures of others. They are injured both outwardly and inwardly, even if the scars don’t show. Some are murdered as a result of the abuse.
Sexual abusers do not care about race, religion, culture, social status, outward appearance, or inner beauty. Their attack is ALWAYS unprovoked, though they try to convince the victim otherwise.
I believe the criteria the Armed Forces uses to present their Purple Heart can just as easily apply to victims of sexual abuse. When I presented this idea to a child abuse awareness group I lead a few years back, the military members, some of them veterans, backed this idea 100%.
**NOTE** This image is officially the emblem of my site and my work. Any use of this emblem should only be used after prior consent by me with an explanation of it’s meaning and origins. There will be a medal of honor/award associated with this emblem in due time, which will then be issued to anti-child abuse sites and individuals on and offline who have been the recipient of any form of attack by child abusers and their sympathizers. I will post it as soon as it becomes available!