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The Tragedy of Unreported Rapes and Unacknowledged Rape Victims

The Tragedy of Unreported Rapes

What is the Definition of a Rape? According to the US Department of Justice rape is legally defined as: “an act of penile-vaginal intercourse by force and without consent. Penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the offense.” Understanding and accepting this broad definition of rape can help victims overcome myths about rape that may…

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A drawing that a New Haven student did of her core meaning

My Core Meaning

MY CORE MEANING My 9-year-old self: innocent, free, beautiful Lion: courageous,strong,brave “I picked my 9-year-old self because part of my treatment I have been working on is forgiving myself right now, in the present, from past things last year and in the past with my 9-year-old self. The traumatic experience that happened when I was…

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Main office of New Haven Residential Treatment Center. New Haven is a Dual Diagnosis treatment program for teenage girls.

What is a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center?

  A dual diagnosis treatment center is one that provides treatment for individuals who have coexisting difficulties with mental health and drugs and/or alcohol.  The treatment of individuals who have both mental health difficulties and substance use difficulties is generally considered to be more complex than treating either one alone.  It is a dilemma commonly…

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Coping with Trauma

When someone you love has experienced trauma, you can feel helpless, not knowing how to be supportive.  It can feel like your world has turned upside down and you just want things to go back to normal.  Trauma can be anything from the death of a loved one, serious accident or illness, bullying, or physical…

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PTSD and Brain Research for Teen Trauma Victims

With adolescent trauma victims and their families, therapist Brad Rentfro, LPC, is using new brain research to great effect. Since neural pathways can actually be re-routed, says Rentfro, PTSD patients can literally change how their brains process both old and new situations.

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Parenting a Trauma Victim

When an adolescent experiences symptoms of post-traumatic stress, it’s not unusual for her parents to feel confused and suspicious. That’s because it’s incredibly painful for a parent to know that their child has been so deeply wounded. In fact, it can be so difficult to process a child’s trauma that the parent may unwittingly minimize and deny—it’s just too much to take in.

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