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Futures At Risk: Preventing Children’s Exposure to Violence

Picture yourself walking through a forest. Now, imagine that you’ve come face to face with a large bear. Instantly, your emergency response system kicks into gear, flooding your body with stress hormones. Your pupils dilate, your heart starts beating fast, and your skin becomes cold and clammy. The executive, cognitive portion of your brain shuts off so you can focus only on two options—-fight or flight. Your body’s emergency response system could save your life—-if a bear in the forest really is confronting you.