As I’ve been writing in the past few days, this is another example of how childhood trauma is leading to bad outcomes as adults. This time from Canada.
““We have a health equity issue on our hands, and we need to talk about how to reduce rates of incarceration in the first place,” Bodkin said. “We need to ask why this population has such a high prevalence of exposure to childhood abuse, and how to ensure people have access to the health and social services they need in community.”
Bodkin added that since most people who experience childhood abuse do not go on to be imprisoned themselves, research should also be done to explore what protects those people from doing so.”
The numbers in the article below are startling. Physical, sexual and emotional abuse rates are extremely high among the incarcerated. That’s not a coincidence. It’s an issue that must be recognized and treated for today, and work done to prevent that level of abuse in the future.