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  • February 2019 Table of Contents

    “Trauma isn’t in the past until it no longer affects the present.”  — Patrice Salmeri, Augsburg University Recovery Center

     
  • Healing in Community
    Trigger Warning: This entire issue, including this letter, could be triggering to those who have survived trauma, especially sexual violence. 
  • Addiction: A Cycle That Works Against Women
    Trauma and addiction are often inevitably linked. Add stigma about addiction to that cycle and women are especially impacted.
  • The Science of Trauma
    How does childhood trauma impact later life? NEAR science uncovers the Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Resilience at work. Our conversation with a child development researcher and an epigenetics scholar.
  • MWP Conversations: Report from “Healing in Community”
    January 15 “MWP Conversations: Healing in Community,” more than 150 women discussed the prevalence of sexual assault, trauma-related addiction, and generational trauma, and how to promote stronger community solutions.
  • Action Steps for a Trauma-Informed Society
    Act = Change suggestions made by featured participants at "MWP Conversations: Healing in Community"
  • Healing Sexual Violence With Body Movement
    Patricia Cumbie: "I grew up with people with certain struggles, who needed therapy but couldn’t afford it. Therefore, therapy was something that fluffy indulgent people did. The problems piled up like unpaid bills until, bang, someone flipped out, smacked someone, hit rock-bottom, or was 
    court-ordered to go."
  • Healing: Generational Trauma
    Chris Stark: "That chord of silence followed me from my childhood. It came to me from my grandmothers, and their grandmothers before them — back to the beginning of the murder of the people on Turtle Island (North America), back to the slavery of Indigenous people, back to the sexual and physical violence."
  • The Cycle Stops Here
    Shauen Pearce: Her journey from homelessness to city Inclusion Policy Director.
  • Think: Opioids and Women, Future Cafe
    This month's news items: How can you impact the opioid crisis? And, the Futures Cafe exclusively hires and trains young people who have struggled with poverty, homelessness, or school issues
  • Sober Housing
    Georgia Jones: From a childhood impacted by the disease of addiction, to the owner of three houses for women recovering from addiction.
  • Recommended "Healing Trauma" Resources
    Resources suggested by participants at "MWP Conversations: Healing in Community"
  • Our ongoing general submissions from readers. 
  • A Compendium of Voices: Abuse, Assault, Advocacy
    This new “Tapestry” section showcases commentary of powerful, everyday women engaged with our topic of the month. TRIGGER WARNING: Teresa Vining on moving from abuse to advocacy. Sarah Super on how to talk with a trauma survivor. Latrina Caldwell on breaking the cycle of abuse. 
  • We Ride to Heal
    Gabrielle Strong on her experiences with the Dakota 38 horse ride from South Dakota into Mankato, Minnesota, to help heal Native generational trauma.
  • These needs were suggested in breakout sessions at "MWP Conversations: Healing in Community"
  • Shannon Gibney: Talking About Race
    High school student and Minnesota Women's Press contributor Alyssa Story interviewed Shannon Gibney, author of "Dream Country," as part of our #MWPIdentity and #MWPStory themes. Here is what Shannon told us.
  • Creative Healing
    Marjorie Fedyszyn: "The silence and secrecy of our collective trauma weighs heavily on society. What I had not expected was the number of people, some strangers and some friends, who were compelled to share their own stories with me after they saw my work."
  • The Dance of Trust
    Doreen Johnson: How ballroom dance helped me learn to trust men.
  • GoSeeDo: February 2019
    Highlighted events include Women's Prison Book Project with pancakes, choir sing-along, Healing Trauma at The Loft, Native poets, Jewish Theater Company, Rochester Expo, VocalEssence, and more

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