Child Abuse

HOW CHILDHOOD TRAUMA ALTERS THE DNA OF VICTIMS

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There has been extensive studies on the adverse effects of childhood sexual trauma which shows that exposure to initial traumatic experiences—and the resulting emotional dysregulation and loss of safety, direction, and the ability to detect or respond to danger cues—often sets off a chain of events leading to subsequent or repeated trauma exposure in adolescence and adulthood.. It is highly important for everyone to take major precautions towards protecting their children from childhood sexual abuse and/or other forms of complex trauma, such as  child maltreatment—including psychological maltreatment, neglect, physical abuse, and domestic violence; it is equally important to seek immediate intervention on discovering that a child has been victimized in order to prevent long term effects, the sooner the better. The whole purpose of these materials is to wake people up to the reality of sexual violence and motivate everyone to become part of the solution.

In this talk, Dr Nadine Burke Harris speaks on how childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up.  She explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.

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