Breaking Silence on Trauma is First Step to Healing

Dec. 10, 2013 / By

Commentary by Maaika Marshall, RYSE Youth Justice Coordinator

In cities and communities like Richmond, young people are often exposed to immense amounts of trauma and violence; and unfortunately, many of them are left to find their own ways to cope with the emotional and psychological aftermath.  But at least in Richmond, adults who support young people are trying to connect and begin a conversation about what youth are experiencing, and what should be done to help.

Over the course of 2013, the RYSE Center surveyed nearly 450 young people in Richmond about their experiences with traumatic violence, in order to determine which strategies are best suited to support their healing. The findings from that assessment, dubbed “The Listening Campaign,” were presented last month to an audience of services providers, public agencies, community organizations, schools, and funders.

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