‘What happened’ vs. ‘what’s wrong’: Recognizing how trauma impacts us all | Perspective

There is a toxin in Philadelphia that our children and families are being exposed to near constantly: trauma.

Trauma lingers and isn’t just limited to a single incident, like a gunshot. Trauma manifests in hunger, housing instability, or living without utilities. It can include exposure to abuse, neglect, gun violence, police brutality, imprisonment, and domestic violence. And trauma can pass through generations as the result of historical violence, slavery, redlining, and mass incarceration. Very much like a toxin, the longer it goes unnoticed and untreated, the worse things can get.