How do you write about something that people are afraid to see? How to you expose an undermining, but insidious practice? How do you change peoples’ minds? How does a civilization heal from the wounds of abuse?
28% of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 have experienced sexual trauma. Sexual trauma is one of the most devastating experience a person will endure. Survivors of sexual trauma are at high risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and are three to five times more likely to be diagnosed with PTSD then those who have not experience sexual trauma. Negative changes in thinking and mood are only one of the many symptoms that accompany PTSD. These mental and emotional changes might look like this:
- Negative feelings about one’s self or others;
- Inability to experience positive emotions;
- Feeling emotionally numb;
- Lack of interest in activities one once enjoyed;
- Hopelessness about the future;
- Memory problems, including not remembering important aspects of the traumatic event; and
- Difficulty maintaining close relationships.
How can we help these women and men heal so they can provide out cultural with the wisdom of their journey?
Tami Boehle-Satterfield has challenged herself in 2016 to post week about the unpopular topic of abuse. Learn more about Tami at attentiontoliving.com