Survivor Story - Josefa Survived Childhood Trauma



Josefa was born in a small rural village in Mexico. While she was an infant, her dad killed her mother. An American couple adopted her, while her dad went to prison. Years later, Josefa's trauma surfaced in different ways like an aversion to violent movies and scary movies. She would ask her mom years later about those situations and nightmares and other issues, to finally hear her full life story. 


Even as infants, we can experience trauma and feel the effects years later. Through counseling and her support system, Josefa has found hope in her survivor story.


Visit https://www.dasasmi.org/ for resources or call our 24-hour hotline at 800-828-2023.



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