Child abuse is the physical, sexual or emotional maltreatment or neglect of a child. It is defined as any act or series of acts by a parent or other caregiver that results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child. Child abuse can occur in a child's home, or in the organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with. There are four major categories of child abuse:neglect, physical abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. Sean Kedian , Grand Commander of Africa Continental Lodge, who heads up the South African branch of the Templars has seen all these forms. He has a history in fighting for the child and has seen the darkest experiences in the Ukraine, Romania and China.
Templars Against Child Abuse is not a Masonic lodge, Catholic organisation or Motorcycle club. It is not a religious order and is open to any person willing to fight for a child’s rights subject to verification by the Grand Master. It is an association based on the Knights Crusader principles of protecting the person, in this case the child. A charter from the Vatican has authorised the use of the principles and concept of the Templars and in 2013 having started in Scandinavia it has spread through Germany, France, Holland, UK, USA and now to South Africa.
To get an idea of how children are abused we need to look at child deaths, drug abuse, prostitution, babies been used for a purpose, child trafficking, bullying both at school and at home, sexual abuse and pornography.
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Examples of abuse can be found from all walks of life.
Children playing and picking wild mushrooms in their neighbors yard/ pavement where beaten by a correctional services officer with his military belt leaving welts and cuts on the child’s legs.
·A mother sawed off her child’s arms because she heard the voice of God.
A 9 year old raped through the night, then set on fire and left for dead.
Justice denied to a 10 month old baby, abused and broken by brutality of parents who got a 5 year suspended sentence.
A high rate of abuse occurs in tribal life, children adoption homes and squatter camps. Children have been seen on the train in the dead of winter dressed in no more than fabric skirts with no shoes and in adoption homes they have been forced to share over coats. Parents see the child as a cash cow.
In the white community of South Africa children homes with less than 100% black population receive absolutely no funding.. In a case farmers who offered their excess produce to a white squatter camp holding 80 thousand white squatters where turned away by the government authorities.
A CHILD IS NOT A TOY
The Templars deal with these issues by including all people from all walks of life in the organisation. There is no discrimination of colour or creed . When attending to call outs two Templars attend. The call outs can be any time of the day including weekends. 60% of abuse calls are proven to be hoaxes so due diligence is followed before action takes place.
In order to become a Templar one needs to join by filling out a form found on the website http://www.templarsaca.org/ . The organisation will then interview the person and if found fit you will start a series of ceremonies culminating in installation as a Templar. If one cannot devote full attention to the cause but is still interest they can become a Squire. The application process includes Police checks. Templars hold to a principle of poverty. Money is raised through donations and the sale of support products which is then used to maintain safe houses, social services and other running costs.