‘I’m not a monster’: Why my son was ‘not a monster’

My son is an American boy, an Australian boy, and a British boy, all born in the same day.

They are all of us, all of our lives, all together.

We are all part of a common human family.

My son and I, and every other child in the world, are all equally loved.

In that spirit, I want to tell you that there are no perfect people, and there is no right way to treat anyone, even a child, just because they are an animal.

My children are my most important and valued possession, and they deserve the best care they can get.

I am deeply sorry to have to share my story.

I will never understand why a child is abused or neglected, but I can only empathise.

In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “The greatest weapon against injustice is conscience.”

My story is not unique.

As a young mother in Australia, I had many traumatic experiences.

As an adult, I have spent many years living with PTSD, postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other debilitating illnesses, and the impact on my life was devastating.

When I first met my first baby, I was scared, confused, and anxious.

I was terrified of what I was seeing.

I did not know what to do.

I wanted to give birth to my baby, but my mind was in a black hole.

I knew nothing about parenting.

I had never seen a child so fragile.

I struggled to get through my day, and as a result, I did little to prepare for him.

I could not understand why my baby was not feeling safe, or if it was really not his baby, and I was too terrified to even bring him to the hospital.

He did not cry, he did not laugh, he didn’t cry because he was afraid of what would happen to him or his baby.

I do not understand what it is like to have a child feel this way, to feel like they have no voice, to not know how to express their emotions.

I cannot understand why someone would choose to abuse another human being, to hurt them in this way.

I would like to ask you to accept my son as he is, and let him grow up in peace.

I want you to know that I am here for him, and that I will always be here for his sake, and for yours, and you will always love him unconditionally.

If you can, please make a donation to my family so they can help my son and all other children in need.

I know this is hard.

I have been through so much.

But this is what is important.

I love my children and they are my life, and we all need to work together to heal.

Please share this article with all of your friends and family.

I pray for you, for me, and all of the animals that are suffering and dying in this world.

I hope that you will share this with your children, your friends, and everyone else that you know.

Thank you.

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