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SONs SOS has committed to creating a space of a healing circle for inner city young men ages 6-13 to deal with understanding child trauma and how to overcome. Also 1 on 1 professional counseling.

More than two thirds of children reported at least 1 traumatic event by age 16. Potentially traumatic events include:

  • Psychological, physical, or sexual abuse

  • Community or school violence

  • Witnessing or experiencing domestic violence

  • National disasters or terrorism

  • Commercial sexual exploitation

  • Sudden or violent loss of a loved one

  • Refugee or war experiences

  • Military family-related stressors (e.g., deployment, parental loss or injury)

  • Physical or sexual assault

  • Neglect

  • Serious accidents or life-threatening illness


Fast Facts

At least 1 in 7 children have experienced child abuse and/or neglect in the past year, and this is likely an underestimate. In 2019, 1,840 children died of abuse and neglect in the United States.

Each day, more than 1,000 youth are treated in emergency departments for physical assault-related injuries.

In 2019, about 1 in 5 high school students reported being bullied on school property in the last year.

Each day, about 14 youth die from homicide, and more than 1,300 are treated in emergency departments for violence-related injuries.

It’s important to recognize the signs of traumatic stress and its short- and long-term impact.

Impact of Trauma

The impact of child traumatic stress can last well beyond childhood. In fact, research has shown that child trauma survivors may experience:

  • Learning problems, including lower grades and more suspensions and expulsions

  • Increased use of health and mental health services

  • Increase involvement with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems

  • Long-term health problems (e.g., diabetes and heart disease)

A critical part of children's recovery is having a supportive caregiving system, access to effective treatments, and service systems that are trauma informed.  SONs is committed to creating a space that this service can be provided.