What is Trauma?
All traumatic experiences involve some sort of threat to our physical, emotional, and/or psychological safety
How common is trauma?
Trauma has touched most of our lives. Trauma takes many forms from abuse at home to sexual assault, or even war experiences. Some of us have experienced accidents, disasters, interpersonal violence or abuse, medical trauma or traumatic losses. Others have been exposed to trauma indirectly through the experiences of friends or loved ones.
Because of the prevalence of trauma in our society many of us face multiple threats to our physical and emotional safety throughout our lives. Consider the following statistics:
According to the National Institute of Justice and the Center for Disease Control, 1 out of f 5 women, and 1 out of 33 men report experiencing a completed or attempted rape at some time in their lives.
Every year in the U.S 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner.
The surgeon general’s office has reported that domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 – making it more common than car accidents, muggings, and cancer deaths combined.
In the U.S 7.7 million American adults age 18 and older, about 3.5% of adults each year, suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.)
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