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Abuse Can Impact Children Negatively For Years
By Patrick Cody


April 12, 2006
Wednesday PM

Thank you for publishing the recent letters about child sexual abuse. Child abuse and child sexual abuse definitely hurt children and can impact them negatively for years!

Next week, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network will meet in Chicago. One of the topics to be discussed will be research that shows the how "negative childhood experiences" impact individuals well into their adulthood.

After studying the health records of over 20,000 patients in San Diego, Dr. Vincent Felitti discovered that individuals with adverse childhood experiences, like sexual abuse, were more likely to have adult health problems like obesity, substance abuse and traffic accidents. The more adverse experiences individual had, the stronger the correlation was with poor behavioral health as an adult. More information is available at

Fortunately, members of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network are developing, implementing and refining treatments that help children and may prevent negative adult health outcomes. For more information, see

Patrick Cody
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Washington, DC - USA

About: Patrick Cody is a media consultant with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.


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