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  • Elaine Fletcher Chapman

Before July Begins

I can’t stop thinking about the children being held away from their parents or family members, no matter how they happen to be in this position. The terror then the coping with the terror. The defenses that will now serve them will create havoc later. All my adult life I have worked with people who survived traumatic events, witness to the trauma, suffered from secondary trauma, acquired compassion fatigue.  I see it all before me with these children, some even babies. Preverbal trauma where there are no words that express the body’s reaction. Oh yes, the later unexplained anxiety and depression. Well, what happened to you when you were 6 months old?

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