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How Investigators Can Work With Victim’s of Sexual Trauma

There is a vast array of events that can fall under the definition of trauma. Some are, for the most part, unavoidable such as natural disasters. Trauma experienced after a natural disaster can affect anyone within the scope of the disaster regardless of age or gender. Then there are traumas that happen because of abuse. Like with natural disasters, trauma because of abuse can affect anyone of any age or gender. But these are largely preventable, though not usually by the victim. And then there is sexual trauma. “Sexual violence and aggression are some of the most stressful of all human life experiences” (Shors et...

Racism – It’s Traumatic for Everyone

Many aspects of how a person’s life will turn out are determined before he or she is born. Socioeconomic status of the parents, where the family lives, family dynamics, the ability to go to school and the academic rigor of the available schools all contribute to the experiences that a child will have growing up as well as experiences later as an adult. These are all factors that are possible to change whether for oneself or for future children, though it may take extraordinary effort and require overcoming great odds. There is one factor, though, that greatly shapes a person’s life experiences that can’t be...

Lasting Effects of Trauma

A sculptor can take a shapeless piece of clay and over time transform it into something beautiful or useful. Similarly, events in a child’s life sculpt the child, shaping them into who he or she will become as an adult. Traumatic events change a child’s mental shape thereby altering their future. In 2014 Child Protection Services reported 3.25 million possible cases of child abuse in the United States (Brenner, 2018). Children who are abused or neglected experience trauma, but many times they lack the cognitive abilities to work through the events, missing the opportunity for growth until much later. Trauma in childhood has been linked with...

Growth After Trauma

Almost seven years ago on the evening of May 22, 2011 the most devastating tornado in recorded history struck Joplin, Missouri with such force that people 17 miles away could hear the rumble. Trees were stripped of spring leaves, houses were leveled and the local high school was severely damaged. The EF-5 tornado tore a path through the heart of a town, destroying one third of the homes and businesses, killing 161 people and injuring many more (First et al, 2017). The effects of the tornado were felt through the entire community and the surrounding area. Once clean up began, people began talking about...

The Important Role of Support in Child Mental Health Cases

Many often assume mental health problems can only affect adults. While it’s true adults are older and, therefore, have generally had more interactive experiences, children are equally as susceptible to mental health disparities. The United States has undeniably seen an increase in mental health cases over the last decade. “Today, mental health care represents 38 percent of children’s Medicaid spending, which is used by just 10 percent of juvenile Medicaid patients. But the benefits far outweigh the costs. Today’s investments help to heal children and produce resilient adults. In the long term, effective treatments not only save lives but have significant economic benefits, including savings...

Minnesota Example of Lack of Mental Health Outreach to Minorities

Black Americans are 20 percent more likely to report serious psychological distress than white Americans. Black Americans are more likely to experience serious violent crimes than white Americans, making them more susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Black Americans are twice as likely as white Americans to be diagnosed with with schizophrenia. In a 2015 survey of licensed social workers in Minnesota, only two percent identified themselves as black. This disparity between the mental health struggles of the black community in the United States and the number of black mental health professionals is unquestionably unacceptable. The fault of the issue, however, does not lie...

Philadelphia Conference Seeks to Educate on Childhood Trauma

From July 18 to 21, professionals in mental health care, childhood education, medicine and juvenile justice gathered at Philadelphia University for The Greater Philadelphia Trauma Training Conference. According to Jeanne Felter, director of Philadelphia University’s Community and Trauma Counseling Porgram, this conference “was designed to promote interdisciplinary approaches for dealing with traumatized children” (Jablow 2017, p.7). By engaging those working in a variety of fields, the conference aimed to prompt a dialogue that combined perspectives and expertise. There were 360 attendees from both Philadelphia and the Eastern United States, with almost a quarter of them regularly working with children. As well as having several...

Grace House Offers Hope and Healing for Teen Sex Trafficked Victims

Construction has finally ended on Grace House, a long-term residential care facility in Southern Oregon built as an extension of Redemption Ridge. The first of its kind in the state, Grace House was built to meet the unique needs of sex trafficked female survivors ages 11 to 17. Grace House will be a safe haven for girls who have endured horrific abuse. At 3,640 square feet, it will offer seven bedrooms, four bathrooms, a large great room and kitchen area, a classroom, comfort room and therapy room. Individuals who have suffered complex trauma will have access to comprehensive care involving intense counseling and life-skills training...

The Significance Behind the Prevalence of Depression

Depression has started to reveal itself in a startling conglomeration of diverse examples.  While depression diagnoses in cancer patients isn’t uncommon, recent studies have found elevated levels of depression in cancer caregivers. Since the vast majority of Americans have been affected in someway by cancer, whether through individual struggles or experiences with loved-ones, these elevated depression numbers need to be closely observed. After close investigations, depressive symptoms were linked to physical health decline as “caregivers with high depressive symptoms showed twice the rate of physical health decline of caregivers with an average level of depressive symptoms” (Medical Press, 2017). Caregivers often go above and beyond...

Escaping Abuse

Mary is a survivor. After enduring years of physical, emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of her husband, she found the strength to escape to a new life with her two young children. “I didn’t even pack underwear” (Janney, 2017, paragraph 4), she explained. She grabbed the children’s diaper bags, formula and carriers and took off in her car. She had tried to escape once before, but her husband had caught her. As she tore down the road, making her way from Georgia to Kansas, she was terrified that he would find her once more. A child of poverty and violence, Mary never knew there...