Posts Tagged: trauma
Illustration of incarcerated men and women.(Image: Benjamin Haas, via Shutterstock)
OPINION: I am one of many survivors profiled as an “offender” instead of a victim. My prison sentence was preceded by years of trauma and violence. Today, I am a member of the Justice for Survivor Act coalition, AB 124, which would allow courts to consider an individuals’ age, history of trauma, human trafficking history, intimate partner or sexual violence victimization, potentially reducing their criminal penalties.
An illustration of a young woman caught in the web of human trafficking. (Photo: Prachaya Roekdeethaweesab, via Shutterstock)
OPINION: The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a terrible toll on all Californians. While Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recently announced California Comeback Plan allocates billions of emergency aid funding to those hurt by the pandemic, one group hit harder than most has been left out of the budget proposal: human trafficking victims.
A young boy dealing with the aftermath of abuse. (Photo: 271 EAK MOTO, via Shutterstock)
Sexual abuse victims with decades-old claims say they are grateful to finally get a shot at justice through a new California law that widens the period in which civil claims can be filed. The law, AB 218, went into effect Jan. 1. It allows a three-year “look back” window when victims can file civil claims regardless of when their abuse took place. In cases where the child became a victim because of an institutional coverup, the victim can collect triple the damages.
A fearful child seeks to protect herself. (Photo: 271 EAK MOTO, via Shutterstock)
Preventing childhood trauma should be one of the top goals of California policymakers, a coalition of child advocates say. In California alone, more than 1.5 million children have had two or more adverse childhood experiences, according to advocacy group Children Now, another co-sponsor of the policymaker education day.
Crime survivors gather Tuesday at the state Capitol in Sacramento. (Photo: Rally organizers)
OPINION: Today, April 4, during National Victim Rights’ Week, nearly 500 hundred crime survivors were gathering in Sacramento to share our stories, honor our loved ones and call for new safety priorities. From mothers who have lost loved ones to young men experiencing violence in our communities, we are coming together to call for change.
California doctor, a photo illustration. (Niyazz, via Shutterstock)
Medi-Cal is a deeply misunderstood program. It spends a lot of money, but it’s most certainly not out of control, and it is not a welfare program. The truth is that Medi-Cal is one of the state’s most cost-effective programs, serving more than one-third of Californians and half of all California children.
In a trauma center ...
It can take as long as three hours to get the injured to a trauma center, even by air. Access to centers along the north and central coasts and the East Sierra is most limited. Over the past two years, communities long without trauma centers began to fill the void – designating regional hospitals as resources for those suffering from traumatic injuries. (Photo: California Health Report)
My awakening from a coma in 2006 was both physical and metaphorical. My eyes opened, over time, to new perspectives on life, including the support survivors of crime need but too often don’t receive.
It started the night of August 24, 2006, while walking from my home in San Leandro to BART. A young