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A Solemn Appeal

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    EFFECTS OF SELF-ABUSE UPON CHILDREN

    “The habit of self-abuse is practiced amongst girls, as well as boys. Previous to the age of puberty, the effects are very similar in both sexes, momentary excitement, followed by depression of spirits, and irritability, induced by the exhaustion of the nervous system.SOAP 91.1

    “After having indulged in this habit for a time, the child loses its bright and happy look; it becomes pale with as greenish tint, the eyes are sunken, and surrounded by dark rings; the vermillion of the lips is faded, the lips are attenuated, the muscles soft and flabby, and both in form and feature the child has the appearance of being old and worn out.SOAP 91.2

    “Gradually, so gradually that the parents do not notice it the mind becomes dull, the power of comprehension is diminished, the child sits listless, seemingly absorbed in thought, and is startled whenever suddenly addressed; all its motions are slow and heavy; it seeks solitude, that its vicious propensities may be indulged; it is obstinate, peevish, and irritable; shuns the plays it formerly loved, and becomes morose and taciturn. And these conditions may continue to the end of life, even though the habit had long been abandoned.”SOAP 91.3

    “How different is the picture presented by the boy who has kept his sexual function unimpaired. His body is firm, vigorous, and elastic; his countenance rosy and healthy, his complexion bright and clear; his manners frank and candid; his spirits buoyant; his memory quick and ready; every function of his body is properly performed; he has that firmness of will and purpose which give him a happy self-control; he has no cause for shame; and, as he feels his stature increase and intellect expand, his whole life is a joy, and his heart a fount of thanksgiving to the great Creator that he is permitted to exist.”SOAP 92.1

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