ACEs and the importance of resiliance

Asherah
Posted June 20, 2019 from United States
Photo by Sydney Sims on Unsplash
Photo by Sydney Sims on Unsplash

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is trauma that happens to a child--this can be anything from sexual/emotional/physical abuse, violence, neglect, poverty, homelessness, domestic abuse, etc.  As more scientific research continues in this area, it is being discovered the impacts that this trauma has on a child both with their physical health, as well as their mental (the trauma actually changes the brain development) and emotional well-being.  ACEs can affect a person throughout the course of their life.  They have higher rates of mental health issues (depression, anxiety, suicide), chronic disease, drug/alcohol addiction, unintended pregnancies, etc.  

If we truly want to help our children who have been victims of trauma, it is imperative we teach resilience and empathy, as well as create a compassionate community in which those children are safe, loved, and nurtured.  This has HUGE potential to help our children and future leaders find peace, guidance, and structure in a world that has been anything but.  I urge you to learn more about ACEs research and find ways to include trauma therapies in your communities that focus on our most vulnerable...our children.  And as we help our children, we will begin to stop the cyclical chain of abuse from one generation to the next.  It is my hope that in doing so, we will begin to create the change we so desperately need.

This story was submitted in response to Gender-Based Violence.

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Lisbeth
Jun 21
Jun 21

Hi Asherah,
Thanks for you calling on ACEs. I have heard about it but it was like superficial. This your post has thrown more light into it that makes me see it seriousness. Pls is it okay I share it on fb? Hear from you and regards.

Asherah
Jun 21
Jun 21

Hi Lisbeth,
Yes, please feel free to share on FB. Here's a fantastic resource as well if you wish to share or learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childabuseandneglect/acestudy/ind...

Lisbeth
Jun 21
Jun 21

Already shared on fb :-). Inbox me your fb name then I tag you too.

Jill Langhus
Jun 21
Jun 21

Hi Asherah,

Thanks for sharing your informative and empathetic post about children that have undergone traumas. I can definitely attest to this sort of trauma impacting all aspects of life and contributing toward depression, anxiety, and the like, among other things. To me, it would be great if it was addressed at the core, i.e., for people to really think about whether they will be good, fit parents prior to having children. I think if people really think about it before they just procreate, it would make a huge difference in society, and for the children that are already suffering, I agree with you about making more compassionate communities to support them and to help them to heal and becoming well adjusted adults as best as possible. Thanks for sharing and bringing more awareness around this issue.

Asherah
Jun 21
Jun 21

Absolutely! I would love to see it being taught in Reproductive Development classes, prior to pregnancies. If we understand the affects we, our marriage, spouse, etc. will have on our children, hopefully we will be able to make better decisions prior to having children. Thank you for bringing up that important point!

Jill Langhus
Jun 22
Jun 22

Exactly! I'm glad you agree:-)

You're welcome!

Hope you have a great, rest of the weekend!

Beth Lacey
Jul 26
Jul 26

Your words are so true