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April 26, 2007
Re "Hamas fires a barrage, ends truce," April 25 Truce? What truce? Terrorists in Gaza have been firing Kassam rockets almost daily into southern Israel, causing severe damage and human trauma, since the ill-named "truce" began in November. Or does The Times' definition of "truce" allow for rocket fire as long as it does not result in large body counts? Have we become this insensitive to violence? BEVERLY JACOBS Irvine
November 17, 1993 | LYNN SMITH
Do children who watched the firestorms on TV really need much help with fire-related fears? No, says Justin Aronfreed, University of Pennsylvania psychology professor. "Children are very resilient. They're not as easily terrorized and paralyzed as many experts would like us to think," he says. Most of what parents hear about the effects of perceived disaster on children is opinion, he says.
September 29, 1991
I have just read the article regarding Laura Small's judgment involving the mountain lion mauling of the little girl in Caspers Park ("County to Appeal Award to Girl Who Was Mauled," Sept. 18). I find it difficult to believe that the County Board of Supervisors wants to appeal the court's decision. The county had an obligation to issue warnings regarding the dangers involved. The park rangers should have made the public aware. Haven't this child and her family been through enough?
July 25, 1995 | Compiled by Jack Searles
3M Camarillo has been named Employer of the Year by the Ventura County/Santa Barbara County chapter of the California Assn. of Rehabilitation and Reemployment Professionals. The award was given "as a result of a decade-old pledge to return employees back into the work environment," said Bob Michels, the plant's manufacturing manager. Also honored was the facility's health care nurse, Darlene Rose. She said 3M's disability management program provides both physical and emotional support.
November 24, 1986
I am shocked to learn that "limitations concerning incest and child abuse victims" have been upheld. Your article stated that "California laws prohibit incest and child abuse victims from bringing civil actions against parents after the age of 19." I have only one question: Why? Is it because all the pain, physical trauma, and emotional anguish magically disappear after the age of 19? I think not. Is it because people who are older than 19 are old enough to cope with such trauma?
August 3, 1989 | From Times wire services
Witnesses at the sexual assault trial of Denver Bronco Gerald Perry say the woman who accused the lineman of raping her refused to go to the hospital for an examination when police first contacted her. Dr. Clarence Blea, who examined the woman when she went to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center about 18 hours after the alleged assault, said he found no visible signs of trauma or anything else to indicate that she had been raped.
March 5, 1992
Rucker's message, while well-intentioned, ignored the state of affairs in the workplace, at home and in society: Innocent little girls are molested; professionally attired and mannered women are subtly harassed, oftentimes behind closed doors and without witnesses; naive young women are date-raped; wives are battered; elderly women are mugged. What kind of message was sent by them? Were they asking for ill-treatment? The answer is an emphatic no. Trauma experienced during an assault is everlasting and can never be erased from memory.
November 21, 1993
Construction of a memorial to eight women who died in Vietnam may seem to be overkill ("Give the Women Vets Their Due," Nov. 8). Please remember, though: The Vietnam War was not only combat. It was a national trauma to which we contributed our young men and women. The war created a feeling that future generations will neither appreciate nor understand. I understand. I was drafted in August, 1966. I trained with several men and women who died in the war that had so little meaning or purpose.
December 16, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
During the holidays people can experience an enormous amount of stress, even more so these days with a bad economy thrown in. But a study finds that having some adverse experiences in the past may make you mentally tougher. A meta-analysis of studies that looked at how traumatic events affect mental health and well-being found a pattern: The number of adverse experiences may determine whether someone becomes more resilient and better able to handle what life throws at him or her. Those on opposite ends of the spectrum -- people who had no or few hardships or many adversities -- generally had worse coping skills than those who had some bad times, such as a serious illness or injury to themselves or a loved one, a death in the family or a divorce.
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