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Issue #140 (Spring 2020) issue cover
Rebuilding After Trauma

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This issue features stories by youth who've survived trauma creatively, through fantasizing, writing, or telling happier versions of their lives. They share how they move forward into acceptance of the painful parts. (full text)

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This issue features stories by youth who've survived trauma creatively, through fantasizing, writing, or telling happier versions of their lives. They share how they move forward into acceptance of the painful parts. (full text)

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Bianca looks back at the lies she told growing up in care so she could feel "normal." She even believed some of her stories, but now she's seeking the full past. (full text)

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Childhood sexual abuse was impossible to discuss, but adults kept pushing Trina to "talk about it." Finally, a therapist handed her a notebook. From there, she could accept the past without being overwhelmed. (full text)

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Therapist Tomas Casado-Frankel explains how dissociation and desire for a happy, normal life leads trauma survivors to lie. He offers guidance on helping someone move toward truth. Pity doesn't work; patience does. (full text)

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K.G.'s father died when she was 12 and she's remembered him as a loving dad and husband. But he abused her mom, which K.G. is slowly admitting to herself. (full text)

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Abuse by a family member pushed the author from his home in Guinea to the U.S. He paints visions of a kinder world as well as the suffering he's seen. (full text)

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Olivia is physically abused by her father as a young girl and begins to dissociate when she remembers it. Dissociation also takes her away from her mother's alcoholism. (full text)

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A.S. survives homelessness, abuse, and separation from her family by inventing fantastical stories about her life. She learns to make safer choices while remaining creative. (full text)

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Being a Witch is about a 14-year-old foster child in London who travels through time. She finds parallels to foster care in the 1645 witch trials in London. (full text)

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Fostering Youth Success Alliance is a group of youth advocates who push for more college access for foster youth. They went to Albany in January to lobby the state government. (full text)

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The author was abused by her parents and never learned boundaries or who she really was. A controlling guy took advantage, but she got away. (full text)

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Treasure enters a residential facility angry. Instead of judging, Mr Kalu empathizes, and Treasure finds she can open up to him. (full text)