Adverse Childhood Events, or ACEs. is a tally of different types of abuse, neglect, and other "hallmarks" of childhood, whether this is in a gated community or subsidized housing. Trauma is relative but abuse is not. According to the original Adverse Childhood Experiences study, the # of "Yes" answers can correspond to health conditions and issues like diabetes, arthritis, COPD, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, name auto immune disorders and more. The questions below, tally a 1 for each "yes" and then I'll tell you mine at the bottom.
Before YOUR 18th birthday:
My score is an 8. The only reason it isn't a 10 is because my parents refused to divorce and no one went to prison because of governmental family members and pure privilege,
Now, think about these questions for other people in your life, if you're a teacher - your students; if you're an attorney - your clients. And also yourself.! Your generational trauma is at play. And most importantly is #BLM. When you get it, you get it. I don't pretend my trauma is unique because of the stats, and what I do know that my generational trauma has ben D E V A S T A T I N G: to my body, to my relationships, to my children, etc.... and/but I'm white. Think about this, please.
Those you see on TV, stereotypes in film and tv (and perpetuating these) people you work with, people driving around....
TRAUMA IS THE GATEWAY DRUG and Stereotypes can literally kill.
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