I’m not a bad person:’ Recognizing impacts of childhood trauma in the justice system – CBC

by ahnationtalk on March 14, 2017131 Views

Psychologist says childhood abuse and neglect ‘not only cost the individual, they cost society’

Mar 14, 2017

Michael Abel recently got out of jail.

During our initial talk, Michael shifted from side to side. He appeared agitated and had an intense cold glare. I was unsure if he was getting ready to punch me in the face or if there was something that he really wanted to get off his chest.

For the past couple of nights he had slept in a stairwell beside his sister. He says they are both homeless and battling drug and alcohol addictions.

Michael told me he was ready to share his life’s story so that others could understand why he is the way he is and how his experience with childhood trauma shaped his life.

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/nwt-michael-abel-childhood-trauma-justice-system-1.4023239

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