By Morgan C. Mullings, The Bay State Banner, November 5, 2020
U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley is introducing a bill to fight childhood trauma, as children across the nation witness multiple crises that will shape their future. The STRONG Support for Children Act targets the root causes of childhood trauma and the inequities that contribute to it through grant funding for public health services. In a virtual conversation on Oct. 27, Pressley brought together several Boston residents who shared their thoughts on the toll of childhood trauma.
“We know that trauma shows up in many ways. There are many iterations of it. It is systemic, which is why it really does demand or require a systemic solution and response,” Pressley said in her opening remarks.
While childhood trauma affects all children, she said the legislation is especially focused on Black, brown, indigenous and immigrant youth.