People who’ve been abused, neglected or traumatized at a young age have gone experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). These are life events that hold a negative impact on their lives. The type of events may include emotional, physical, or sexual abuse; violence against mother; or living with household members who were substance abusers, mentally ill or suicidal, or criminal or imprisoned household members.
Once children go through ACEs, these events are likely ingrained in their memory, and more importantly in the development of their brain and other organs and systems. There are long-lasting effects on health as they get age such as alcoholism, depression, drug abuse, eating disorders, obesity, high-risk sexual behaviors, smoking, even death. Below is the ACEs Pyramid showing how this impact happens.
Are you aware of your ACE score? If not take our ACE quiz, so you can find out your score. According to the site, there are 10 types of childhood trauma measured in the ACE Study. Five are personal —physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, physical neglect, and emotional neglect. Five are related to other family members: a parent who’s an alcoholic, a mother who’s a victim of domestic violence, a family member in jail, a family member diagnosed with a mental illness, and the disappearance of a parent through divorce, death or abandonment. Each type of trauma counts as one. So, a person who’s been physically abused, with one alcoholic parent, and a mother who was beaten up has an ACE score of three. The website also states that research has shown the higher the score, the higher a person’s risk of adverse health outcomes.
Children being abused may feel alone, but that is not the case. NSPPC.org.uk shares children’s personal stories and how the organization helped them. These events are not easy for anyone to go through. The ones that survive are brave and strong. If they can go through the experience of abuse in one piece, they can get through anything!
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