Exploring Firsthand Accounts of Gun Violence and the Trauma Surrounding Them

This week’s blog is written by Dion McGill, SCY Communications and Community Outreach Manager.


Earlier this week, on the SCY Facebook page, we shared an excellent article by Nissa Rhee (@NissaRhee) over at The Trace, published in partnership with WTTW, Chicago’s PBS station.  If you’re not familiar with the Trace, they are an independent, nonprofit news organization dedicated to expanding coverage of guns in the United States. We believe that our country’s epidemic rates of firearm-related violence are coupled with a second problem: a shortage of information about the issue at large.

The article featured several of Lurie Children’s staff, including the SCY Executive Director Rebecca Levin, Dr. Colleen Cicchetti, Executive Director of the Center for Childhood Resilience, housed here in Lurie Children’s, and Dr. Karen Sheehan,  Gorter Family Professor of Healthy Communities at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and SCY Medical Director.

The story highlighted how a shortage of trauma support compounds the harm done to Chicago youth affected by gun violence.  I highly encourage you to read the article here.

Additionally, the article introduces the new WTTW digital series on gun violence, Firsthand: Gun Violence.  The series explores gun violence as seen through the eyes of Chicagoans with firsthand experience.

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