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Crossroad Women and Family Services, Inc.

Post Office Box 2421, Kingston, NY 12402

Crossroad Women and Family Services, Inc.

"Transforming the Lives of Women Who Transform their World"

Healing Beyond Childhood Trauma

Did you know that most people in the US have at least one ACE? ACE's are adverse childhood experiences that not only causes harm to the brain of children it changes they way they respond to the stresses of life, compromises their immune systems and causes other chronic health conditions over their lifetime. According to a CDC Kaiser Permanente ACE Study childhood trauma and ACE places people at risk for depression, chronic diseases, mental illness, financial problems, social problems and becoming a victim of violence and sexual crimes.

Other ACE surveys have expanded the types of ACE's and those findings while not surprising are also noted below. Below are traumatic experiences linked to social, financial, mental, emotional and physical problems. 

1. A family member who is diagnosed with a mental illness or depressed.

2. Witnessing a mother being abused.

3.A family member who is addicted to drugs or alcohol.

4. Physical, sexual and verbal abuse.

5. A family member who is in prison.

6. Parental separation or divorce.

7. Physical or emotional neglect.

8. Living in an unsafe neighborhood.

9. Experiencing or witnessing racism.

10. Witnessing violence outside of the home.

11. Involvement with the foster care system.

12. Losing a family member due to deportation.

13. Witnessing a father being abused by a mother.

14.Living in a war zone.

15.Being bullied by a peer or adult.

If you have one or more ACE's you are not alone. Research shows that nearly two-third of adults have at least one. Additionally, the scores are even more revealing. For example people with an ACE score of 4 are twice as likely to smoke and seven times more likely to struggle with alcoholism addiction. Additionally, a score of 4 or more is likely to increase the risk of chronic diseases such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis by 400 percent, while also increasing the risk for attempted suicide by 1200. ACE's is also linked to chronic workplace absenteeism, ER visits, mental illness, criminal justice involvement and increased healthcare costs. 

The higher the ACE score the more likely it is that people with these scores have more marriages, violence, drug prescriptions, increased risk for broken bones, greater struggles with depression and autoimmune diseases. Studies show that the life span of individuals with an ACE score 6 or higher are at risk for being shortened by 20 years.

The impact of childhood traumatic experiences doesn't just go away as people age. Rather, what a person has lived through directly or indirectly leaves bits and pieces. Harmful traces of the past that keeps showing up has the ability to be passed down from one generation to the next causing generational cycles of unhealed trauma and strongholds.

While the brain does not know the difference between one kind of traumatic experienced and toxic stress from the other we are not stuck with stressed out brains, painful memories, chronic diseases, mental illness or substance abuse. 

It's essential that people receive an effective diagnosis from an effective team of caring medical professionals who can create qualified treatment plan so the journey to healing and recovery can begin. 

Wishing you health and wellness,

Patrina M Torres, Founder, Totally Healed International 

NCCA Certified Temperament Counselor, Certified Instructor 

School of Counseling, S.A.C.C. Certified Academic Institution


Email: [email protected]


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21 Reasons to Join The Innocence Revolution

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 9:02 PM
The Innocence Revolution is slated to be launched throughout the World on April 14, 2013. This is a global crusade to end the crime of child sexual abuse. People from all walks of life will unite and energize a coalition or organizations and individuals to sustain a global effort to end sexual abuse of children. 

We are inviting people to participate in this historic event. I believe that this will be one of the greatest healing movements that will ever take place. This is what the world needs NOW. Hope, healing and restoration. It's time to for healing to take place within families. Adults need to be made aware that they can be healed from childhood scars and children can receive healing for crimes committed against them.
We need YOU. We need your VOICE. We need your SUPPORT. We want you to know that you can make a huge difference in the life of a child!!

Here are 21 reasons to consider joining The Innocence Revolution. You should join if you:

1. Want to stop child abuse of any kind.
2. Want to specifically help to stop child sexual abuse.
3. Want to stop manipulation in the federal/state child care systems.
4. Want to stop child trafficking.
5. Want to stop human trafficking (trafficked children become trafficked adults).
6. Want to stop the proliferation of child pornography.
7. Want stiffer penalties for sex crimes.
8. Want to stop placement of children in the custody of molesters.
9. Want to stop the arbitrary alienation of parental rights.
10. Want to protect the children of the world.
11. Want to reduce the number of children and adults addicted to drugs, alcohol, etc.
12. Want to reduce the number of sex offenders and , specifically, child sex offenders around the world.
13. Want children and adults to have a plan of protection against sexual crimes.
14. Want an effective system for supervision & management of individuals on the sex offender registry.
15. Were a victim and want to heal.
16. Were a victim and want to help others.
17. Were not a victim, but want to learn how to effectively help and support others.
18. Want to help children abandoned or abused by the "system".

We'd love to hear from you. Let us know how you want to get involved.  Contact us at [email protected], we look forward to hearing from you!

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