*Here are the top five things I learned:1. The impact of childhood trauma (sexual, physical, verbal abuse, and neglect) has life-long implications for individuals and families. “The impact of early childhood trauma when kids live in sustained toxic stress environments such as sexual abuse has life-long impacts. That is what we know today. Over 80% of mental health issues in this country stem from adverse childhood experiences." 2. Science supports the impact of abuse "The science is clear. The impact [of abuse] is real. It has life-long impacts on the developing brain of children." 3. The majority of children know their abusers "Most of society's understanding of the way that people hurt kids is, and what I learned in school, it was the white van that cruised through town that might steal your kid or pick up your child."
- 98% of kids know their abusers
- 47% of kids are abused by their parents or caregivers
- 72% of people in treatment centres disclose early childhood abuse
- Children that have been abused are 26 times more likely to experience youth homeless
- There is a 30% higher risk of high school drop-out
- Victims of childhood abuse have 4 times as many contacts with mental health hospitals
- Victims of crime cost society $54 million per year
"To know better is to do better."
I encourage you to watch the interview and think about these questions:
- What did you learn from the interview?
- What beliefs and stereotypes about abuse do you need to examine and change?
- How can you respond to those who suffer from the impact of abuse and trauma?
- How can we as individuals and a society do better?
I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.*The information and quotes are attributed to Sheldon Kennedy, CBC News Network, September 15, 2016.