The 100 Word Challenge for Grownups is a weekly challenge hosted by Julia. Each week we are given a prompt. It may be a few connected words, a selection of individual words or a picture. The challenge is to write a story using the prompt in 100 words. So, the prompt this week:
…all seven were just arguing amongst themselves…
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Word Count: 102
The seven children, ages 2 through 8 were locked in one room by their mother…all seven were just arguing amongst themselves…
The oldest took charge saying, “Be quiet or mama’ll get mad.”
The youngest two were inconsolable. Others ran around.
“He said be quiet!”, the next oldest yelled.
“Mama’ll beat us up.” the oldest exclaimed.
Outside the door, they heard mama yell, “Shut up or I’m comin in!” …now, dead silence. Even the two youngest stopped crying. Fear coursed through their little bodies. Faces were white. The 7-year-old peed.
“Mama’s really gonna get mad, now.” the oldest said.
The door suddenly opened…
Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. It’s a widespread war against our children that we have the power to stop, and understanding the issue is the first step. Just how bad is the issue of child abuse in the United States?
Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United Statesinvolving more than 6 million children (a report can include multiple children).
The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect.
For more information and statistics for August 2014 read the complete article at https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse-statistics/