The Percy and Donna Malone Child Safety Center has ventured into a new method of raising child trauma awareness.

The Percy and Donna Malone Child Safety Center has ventured into a new method of raising child trauma awareness.
Through grant funding, they have purchased screening rights to two documentaries, Resilience, and Paper Tigers.
Both documentaries were helmed by filmmaker James Redford, son of acclaimed actor and director Robert Redford.
The website for 2016’s Resilience offers a tagline that states, “The child may not remember, but the body does.” The documentary explores a biological syndrome known as toxic stress. Psychologists and developmental neurobiologists describe toxic stress as affecting the brain. A development that particularly begins in abusive childhood situations, it can hinder successful brain architecture, affecting victims’ futures.
“Resilience” explores these repercussions, listing among them a greater risk of disease, homelessness, incarceration, and even early death. And while poverty can increase these chances, any neglectful and abusive situation is susceptible. But the documentary not only chronicles toxic stress in and of itself, but also the response to fight it.
“It is a really great documentary,” said executive director Christa Neal.
The PDMCSC held its debut screening last week, hosting an audience of approximately 35 people. Neal is hoping that interested community members will reach out in the interest of attending future screenings. Most in attendance last week, Neal stated, were people who are already at the front line of dealing with children who come from these situations.
Paper Tigers was released in 2015 and addresses trauma information. Centered on a Washington-state high school, Redford’s documentary explored the connection between adverse childhood experiences and the impending development of health problems. Particularly, the more trauma experienced early in life, the more likely victims are to engage in sexual activity, bad dieting and drug and alcohol abuse.
More specific settings are explored in the second documentary. In addition to the aforementioned school, a pediatric facility is also featured.
Although there is hope to have several more screenings, other venues have yet to be decided or announced.