Philly Magazine has recently featured a story about Violence, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and how indviduals deal with trauma in Philadelphia communities. Dr. Theodore Corbin, Dr. John Rich, and Dr. Sandra Bloom of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice discuss PTSD, the effects of trauma, and help to share inspirational stories of individuals surviving violence and making a differnce.
As a result of our gun crisis, tens of thousands of Philadelphians might be suffering the same psychological trauma as people in Afghanistan and Rwanda. In a world like that, do two young boys stand a chance?
By Steve Volk
“How many of you,” Shawn Banks asks his class, “if a friend said, ‘Hey, I need you to take a walk with me to the store,’ would just roll out and go?”
Every boy raises his hand.
“You’d all just go, no questions asked?”
The boys keep their hands in the air, heads nodding.
“You wouldn’t say, ‘What do you need at the store?’ And ‘What do you need me for?’”
The kids are emphatic, shaking their heads no, firmly, without hesitation.
“Nah,” says Banks. “When a friend is a little mysterious like that, then you gotta start asking questions.”
The kids stare back at him, inscrutable.
“I lost a friend,” says Banks. “Because a guy he thought was his friend was in trouble. And he said, ‘I need you to roll out with me,’ and my friend went, just like you’re saying you would. But listen to me: You don’t owe anyone your life.”