Diaky Diaz_ founder of the ARTIVIST FILM FESTIVAL

   Child abuse is causing harm to, or the neglect of a child by another person. When it's your own parent that comes at you with built in aggression from their own demons, the consequences can be even more dire. Driving their behavior to act out by being physically, emotionally, verbally and sexually abusive or neglectful to their child, breaks my heart into pieces. Child abuse happens in all cultural, ethnic, and income groups. So if you are a parent abusing your child, hands off! Abuse may cause serious injury to the child and may even result in death! Leaving you in hand cuffs! What-ch you gonna do? What-ch you gonna do when they come for you " BAD PARENT!?"
 
Readers: my name is David Rabadi and I am addicted to helping others. I have a problem with people abusing people in any way. It's not justified to ever lay a hand on anybody. Today I am speaking to a woman that was a victim of child abuse. Her name is Diaky Diaz. As a child she had to endure pain and suffering. To live in debilitating fear in your own home has to be the saddest emotion one can feel. Wow, and Dorothy said, "there is no place like home" well this is one home, she won’t click her heels to get back to! Here is the woman traveling the world saving all forms of life, Diaky Diaz.

Diaky Diaz


 
Diaky is the founder of the ARTIVIST FILM FESTIVAL, a 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to raising awareness for International Human Rights, Children's Advocacy, Environmental Preservation, and Animal Advocacy through Film.

 


 
David
Hello survivor, at first you were afraid you thought you couldn't live without your parents, then you grew strong and walked out the door at fifteen years old. Where did you find the strength?


 
Diaky
I grew up watching the Brandy bunch show. That gave an example of a happy, healthy family life. When I thought about mine it was very dysfunctional. So I made a choice that there was a better life for me and through the beauty of film and television I knew I could have the life I always dreamed of.


 
David
Can you tell me about the suffering, developmental setbacks, physical pain, and emotional anguish you endured?


 
Diaky
I was a damaged child filled with anger, let down by parents that were supposed to love me the most. The verbal abuse I endured built aggression and going into foster care was the path of healing for me. I was given a social worker that I saw twice a week and then a psychiatrist. I had a team of people that where supporting me, defending me and for the first time I felt like I mattered. Also, I felt love which I had never felt from any adults.

 

Diaky Diaz


 
David
It was your step-dad that abused you, what did your mom do as it happen?

 
Diaky
They are both alcoholics. There was a lot of physical and verbal abuse. My mother, is bi polar, un-diagnosed, but everyone who meets her can tell there is something wrong with her. Through the experience I have had with her as I reflect back on it now, I’m for sure she is. It's sad that there is a lot shame about mental illness, it's a problem and there is nothing wrong with getting the proper attention to help you function. Because of her lack of education, the mental illness and alcoholism drove her to abuse me and allow her husband to abuse me.
 


David
Can you describe the way you were abused and the reason why your step-dad would hit you?


 
Diaky
There was hitting and slapping. If I said something that upset him or her I would get hit, and yelled at, being told I was stupid and ugly. I remember one mothers day holiday everyone was getting ready to go out and celebrate but because I wasn't my step-dads child he said I have to stay home. My mother left me home alone and they went out with my half siblings. I never felt like I was apart of the family.

Here is a song that reflects on neglect from family, just click the link below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU8higaJYJ0


 
David
Typically, survivors are vulnerable to long-term emotional damage, how are you now?


 
Diaky
This is a very good question. If you were abused as a child, you are already a victim. I think it's horrible now that you victimize yourself for something that happened to you in the past. As an adult you are responsible for your own healing. Although I have post traumatic stress syndrome, I feel 90 % healed and I don’t cry about my past. I am not jaded anymore. I wake up every morning happy to be alive and I share my kindness with the world.

 
David
Children are abused at an age when they are not equipped with life experience and reasoning abilities to understand that the abuse is not their fault. What advice can you give a survivor, a child being abused, or an abuser?

 
Diaky
I would tell all abusers that they are responsible for their own healing. There is no reason for them to go around hurting anyone verbally, sexually or physically. There is something inside of you that needs to be healed. For all the victims, make the decision that you are a survivor and take on the responsibility!.


 
David
What is your relationship with your parents today ?


 
Diaky
I haven't seen my dad since I was 12 years old. My mother is one of two adults. Its clear that I am further ahead when it comes to that. We respect that we are two independent women. I don't see her as a mother but I do care for her well-being as well as my own. Sometimes as children we feel the pressure to make sure that our parents are happy and with no pressure, I wish her all the best.

 
David
ARTIVIST FILM FESTIVAL, what does it mean to you?

 
Diaky
I wanted to raise awareness for people and animals. I do it through film. Everybody loves to go to the movies, so I merged the two things I love. Art & film equals Artivist Film Festival.

 
David
How can someone that is interested get involved with the ARTIVIST FILM FESTIVAL?

 
Diaky
Its very simple. They can log on to www.Artivist.com.

 
David
What do you fear today?

 
Diaky
I am afraid of missing my favorite tv show LOL. I really am not afraid of anything. We are all on this blue ball and I made my peace with God. I had a dream that a plane was going down and I felt so peaceful and as I looked out the window. I said thanks for this beautiful life. I woke up and realized it was a just a dream, so the fears that I have are very practical.
 


David
What are your last words to all the readers?

 
Diaky
Look at the artvist logo, it's a hand. We are all on this planet and we all leave our print. So what is it that you want to leave? I hope we all can leave a positive inspiration and a great awareness of self!! You are responsible for you and the planet and Mr. Prince of media, you are a shining star! Thank you for helping me spread awareness and being so thoughtful to my feelings!

David Rabadi covering the ARTIVIST FILM FESTIVAL!


 
David
Awww that is so sweet!! Thank you for sharing in detail your story. God said, " What doesn't kill you can only make you stronger" You are stronger than yesterday, now it's nothing but your way and your loneliness is not killing you no more! You are a true inspiration to all the world. I am so grateful to have been apart of the Artvist Film Festival. It was exciting, educational and very inspiring for me to continue on with my positive energy and extending a helping hand. To all my readers, people abuse you as much as you allow them to. Don't wait for them to stop. YOU put a stop to it!! Here is a song for all people that were and are neglected.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIjTLQR4srs

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