Why Childhood Trauma Matters
Thankfully nowadays there is growing recognition that severe abuse, which can take many forms including psychological, emotional, physical, spiritual and sexual assault, does happen to children at the hands of their parents and other caretakers, and thankfully measures are now being taken to begin to more effectively protect those at risk.
What is not happening so much however, is the recognition that adults who were traumatised during their childhood are actually damaged, sometimes very badly, by the experience - and that this damage does not simply go away on it's own.
Impact of Trauma
The latest scientific research shows that early life trauma changes the way a child's brain develops in order for that child to become more able to survive the experience.
The changes caused by the physical sculpting of the brain have multiple developmental consequences on the whole system including the cardio-vascular, immune and hormonal systems as well as reverberating throughout the person's entire psyche.
One of the main reasons The Project was set up was because survivors of this early life trauma, and abuse, are now living with the disabling results, sometimes very severe, of the abuse, and they consistently encounter misunderstanding, disbelief, denial and misdiagnosis because even carers, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, GP's and other professionals do not understand, or are not able to understand, the survivor's past experiences, current difficulties and actual rights and needs.
The Project's Role
The Project is a place where the very real and multi-faceted legacy of childhood trauma is openly acknowledged and a wide range of specific resources are available for survivors who are wanting to actively participate in recovering from what was done to them through no fault of their own.
The Project also recognises that assisting people to recover from childhood trauma is everyone's business and responsibility.