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Childhood trauma linked to adult diseases

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Reports of child abuse continually surface in the office of Roxy Foster, who hears of the gamut of ways children are harmed — one girl gets sexually abused by a relative, another baby boy gets brain damage after his inexperienced father throws him against the wall.


Foster, director of prevention initiatives at St. Paul-based Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota, said it’s important for communities to understand what trauma can do to a child.

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