Modern Day Slavery and Emotional Shattering
The more a person knows about the reality of human trafficking, the more they come to understand the emotional toll of this brutal crime.
If the person undergoing severe, repeated trauma is a young child, they usually dissociate, which means their conscious mind recedes so that they are not aware of what is happening. The memories of the event are stored in a part of the mind that is not readily accessible to them.
In order to survive, they may develop DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder, formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder). For older children, seven years and above, and adults, their abuse will likely result in PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder).
CLICK HERE to watch a training provided for the Human Trafficking Task of Southern Colorado that explains these concepts and provides answers to questions regarding how to help survivors experiencing DID.
The aftermath of these hideous experiences requires healing from emotional shattering. This involves a caring, healthy community as well as a competent counselor who understands dissociative issues.
Dr. Paakala has lived experience, personal healing, as well as extensive education, all of which provide the basis for LDM’s Biblical resources for survivors and those who support them.