Dr. Michael Irving
ran a Visualization/Arts Workshop at DAS School
and Schools Across Canada. If you would like your
school or classroom to contribute "Give Kids
a Hand" HandPrints to the "Reaching
Out" Monument follow the directions at the
bottom of this page.
These Hands Will Demolish Child
Begin to see the right path. Begin to feel the wrath
of abuse. Not many understand, but what they know will
change the world. We need to fight.
Dorian, age 12
Put yourself in someone's shoes
that has been abused, you would not like it. So help
stop chiled abused.
Ruby, age 10
The idea for a "Give Us a Hand" Visualization
HandPrints came out of a project with the children
at DAS school in Toronto.
In the spring of 1999, Project sculptor,
Michael C. Irving, Ph.D., was asked to deliver a presentation
and art program to DAS (Downtown Alternative School)
in Toronto. Teachers, Mark Sprack and Jennifer Zurba
brought together the children of grades three to six.
NOT YOUR FAULT!!
Always have hope.
Don't be afraid.
Suicide is not the right answer.
It hurts your family as well as you.
Choose life, not death.
Respect children. Don't abuse children.
We have children to love children. Children are our future.
Casey, age 9
Why should child abuse happen?
We don't want it happening, no one does.
So... Don't do it.
Chris, age 11
I feel hurt.
Rosie, age 7
I've seen it onece
and I don't want to see it twice.
STOP CHILD ABUSE!
last a long time, but imotinail injurys last longer.
I wish for no more child abuse.
I wish for peace.
Aaron, age 9
I think if child abuse won't stop;
ware will not stop eaither, and there will be no peace
in the world.
Michelle, age 8
Our world does not deserve this!
We don't want this!
STOP CHILD ABUSE NOW!
Child Abuse Does Not Work For Us!
No more for our world, end the
pain and torture. Praise all the people, the people who
would dare, who dared to stop Child Abuse!
Aianna, age 10
To all those who have suffered the
pain of child abuse:
What you did helped many others.
You have suffered so others wouldn"t.
You did not do anything to hurt.
Dale, age 11
Michael talked about
the monument design and the role of art in telling stories
and shaping the world. The children led and directed
the discussion that followed.
Some children brought up the incidences
of abuse at Maple Leaf Gardens. It was something many
children knew of and had thought about. There was
a lot of compassion expressed and insightful discussion
about how hard it is to tell someone, but no matter
what you have to keep telling till someone listens.
The tragedy and wrongfulness Martin Kruze's suicide,
as result of abuse, was talked about by a few.
To share in the monument experience
a drawing exercise was done were children drew an
outline of their hands and wrote or drew what they
wanted on or around the hand.
Stop child abuse!
Child abuse is unethical, selfish, mean, bad.
Child abuse is disrespectful.
Child abuse is low!
Very very low!!!
Jeremy, age 10
shall overcome. We shall overcome. We shall overcome child
abuse. Deep in my heart I do belive we shall overcome.
We shall over come. Merrick, age 10
Child Abuse has claimed many souls and we want them back.
Are you one of them.
Merrick, age 10
I feel very sory for the people
who were abused.
Morag, age 8
Please stop child abuse.
Ali, age 8
Don't do it.
Darius, age 12
It's child abuse!
So stop it!
Child Abuse: You don't have to worry. It Stops Now.
Nikko, age 12
will die like many of its victims.
Child abuse is wrong and it's
the worst thing you can do.
Nick, age 12
Keep the Peace in your....Home,
School, and in your HEART.
Respectful, Wealthy, Health,
The children were articulate about
how feelings get hurt and the need to talk and work
things out. Ideas of peace making and to identify
conflicts and work to a mutually beneficial solution
were presented by some children.
The hurtfulness of school yard bullying
and how to deal with it shared and that bullying with
words and actions can be just as hurtful as hitting,
but may be harder to explain and deal with.
love being alive.
I think child abuse should stop
and stop NOW!!!
Kyla, age 8
see the light, it will stop. We will make it.
My father was abused and I wasn't:
the cycle stopped.
Child abuse affects people's
Mental and physical health.
Tarah, age 10
Abusers have no right in our peaceful
world. All children should have to be protected from all
A number of children made the analogy
between "how kids are treated and how they treat
A quilt wall was made of the
hands on a bulliten board in the main hallway of the
school. The parents and visitors remarked about the
poinientness and perceptiveness of the hand print
We have to be careful how we express
our feelings, because sometimes it doesn't turn out how
we wanted it to.
I am not afraid of being abused.
Brannegan, age 9
HandPrint Wall of DAS (Downtown Alternative School)
We greatly appreciation
the contribution of the children from DAS.
If you abuse children, you're abusing
Franny, age 12
Children are important. We must
Claire, age 9
It was very clear to all
--these powerful statements were worthy of a larger
presence. The idea of placing them in the monument
was born. The "Give Us A Hand" campaign
developed as another important element of the "Reaching
Abuse is very bad, we need hope
to stop it.
Parris, age 9
I see a time where child abuse
is taught in history and is history.
Christopher, age 9
Intimidation is not for us!
Savanna, age 12
A day when there is no child abuse will come.
Midori, age 10
To GIVE US A HAND for placement
inside The Canadian Millennium Child Abuse Memorial:
1. Draw an outline of your hand on a piece of 8
1/2 x 11 paper or the back of your printout;
2. On or around the outline of your
hand, write or draw your millennium message;
3. Send your personal hand print to:
The Survivor Monument
274 Rhodes Ave.
Canada, M4L 3A3
YOUR HAND PRINT WILL
BE PLACED INSIDE THE "REACHING OUT" MONUMENT
I wish child abuse would stop
like war -- to Terrry and Tracy.
Odile, age 8
Some day it will stop.
Kio, age 12
If you wish to make a donation
along with your make your check out to: The Survivor