Are you concerned about the violence our children are exposed to today? If so this is a must read. We are facing one of the most significant challenges to the future of America’s children that we have ever known. Our children are experiencing and witnessing violence on an alarming scale.
This exposure to violence is not limited to one community or one group of children. It occurs among all ethnic and racial groups; in urban, suburban, and rural areas; in gated communities and on tribal lands.
Advances in neuroscience and child development have taught us that the trauma children experience when they are exposed to physical, sexual, and emotional violence harms their ability to mature cognitively and emotionally, and it scars them physically and emotionally well into their adult lives.
Some of our children may grow up in safety and stability, but when millions do not, our entire society suffers. We pay astronomical costs to the health care, child welfare, justice, and other systems because we have not yet done what we know works to prevent and treat childhood exposure to violence.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder charged this task force with recommending ways our nation can prevent, reduce, and treat children’s exposure to violence.
Please read Defending childhood : protect, heal, thrive to learn what we can do about it.