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[The New York Times] Can Children Inherit Stress?
Mar 07, 2014 |

[The New York Times] Can Children Inherit Stress?

We intuitively understand, and scientific studies confirm, that if a woman experiences stress during her pregnancy, it can affect the health of her baby. But what about stress that a woman experiences before getting pregnant—perhaps long before?
[Truthout] Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment
Mar 07, 2014 |

[Truthout] Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment

Tommy, an agitated 14-year-old high school student in Oakland, Calif., was in the hallway cursing out his teacher at the top of his lungs. A few minutes earlier, in the classroom, he’d called her a “b___” after she twice told him to lift his head from the desk and sit up straight. Eric Butler, the school coordinator for Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY—the author is executive director of the organization) heard the ruckus and rushed to the scene. The principal also heard it and appeared. Though Butler tried to engage him in conversation, Tommy was in a rage and heard nothing. He even took a swing at Butler that missed. Grabbing the walkie-talkie to call security, the principal angrily told Tommy he would be suspended.
Mar 06, 2014 |

[Scientific American] Turning Adversity into Creative Growth

There’s little doubt that trauma can be immensely painful, often leaving deep emotional and psychological scars long after the stressful experience has passed. But can there be a silver lining?
Mar 03, 2014 |

[PBS NewsHour] Teaching students how to combat traumas of poverty on the yoga mat

At Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto, Calif., 7th graders are learning yoga as a way to cope with the stress of life in a community rife with homelessness, shootings and gang war trauma. By teaching these children to pay close attention to their breathing and movements, Stanford University researchers are hoping they will focus better in school and beyond. Jeffrey Brown reports.
[Washington Post] There is no such thing as a child prostitute
Feb 17, 2014 |

[Washington Post] There is no such thing as a child prostitute

Would you call Tami a child prostitute? A pimp kidnapped Tami on her way home from school in Los Angeles. He held her captive for six months, raping, beating and starving her. At night, he sold Tami for sex with other men. Tami tried to escape by telling every john who purchased her that she was only a kid. For months, Tami pleaded with her buyers: “I’m only 15. Can you please take me to a police station?” But none did. When she finally encountered police officers, they did not rescue her; they arrested her.
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