In my books and journal publications I write and offer evidence based research indicating how women, especially, as caretakers are the culture creators and healers thus healing trauma in themselves, their families and communities. When I bore witness to the survivors of impossible trauma and violence I could not ignore the insights generated about these cultural traumas. When you look at media with houses, villages and now whole cities blown to bits, you understand why cultural trauma is a real threat to those in power utilizing violence; it is to erase women’s wombs, homes and land.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 6, the third day of his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Alex Brandon/AP

Cultural trauma are the oral memory traditions, a ritual science that is not routinization into war and violence. It is nonkilling. The erasure of culture and the oral memory traditions is the eradication of women and their capacity to create culture that heals all wounds. My treatment of psychological trauma (Kolo Self Informed Trauma Care) understood the relevance of authoring your life story- memory embedded in culture and oral memory traditions. The grandest insight was about the authoring of your memory growing into resilience in later life.
We are talking about regulation of memory long after the trauma event. The high profile case of Dr. Ford coming forward about the attempted rape shows the accuracy of her memory and her resilience in later life. The ME, TOO campaign is another set of resilience that allows authoring of life stories buried under the debris of violence. However, the ME, TOO campaign is also under attack where businesses are in full throttle of “ Fears of a backlash that would reverse all progress have quickly spread”. The violence against women in our world today ensures her reality, her memories are dismissed even in the rule of law.

A recent study is supporting my Kolo Self Informed Trauma Care findings of memory through cultural practices such as oral memory traditions/sciences. The transgenerational-epigenetic process

Artist: Lane Brown of the Crone

of daily life lived in harmony allows for survivors to reauthor their lives and create peaceful communities. However, my objection is the male think that survivors need to gain skills in therapy session to do so. Why? Because with women as creators of culture and their corresponding oral memory traditions-sciences is the healing practice that overcomes violence, wars and hatreds.

Jeffery C. Alexander Cultural Trauma

Culture and oral memory sciences are neurobiological aligned. Research continues to show the old wives tales and the legends to have embedded tacit knowledge. Tacit knowledge is an indispensable claim to reality and the drive towards discovery is most significant.
The ME, TOO campaign and women’s early life traumas are hand in hand towards creating a female social justice and resilience unknown for millennium due to the past 5,000 years of patriarchal violence against her.
Here is the study’s abstract:
. 2018 Dec; 147(12): 1931–1949.
Published online 2018 Jul 19

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger: Psychological trauma and its relationship to enhanced memory control.

Nelson Cowan, Editor

Like other cognitive skills that benefit from practice, we hypothesized that memory control is similarly experience dependent, such that individuals with greater real-life experience at stopping retrieval would exhibit better inhibitory control over unwanted memories. Across two experiments, we found that college students reporting a greater history of trauma exhibited more suppression-induced forgetting of both negative and neutral memories than did those in a matched group who had reported experiencing little to no trauma. The association was especially evident on a test of suppression-induced forgetting involving independent retrieval cues that are designed to better isolate the effects of inhibitory control on memory. Participants reporting more trauma demonstrated greater generalized forgetting of suppressed material. These findings raise the possibility that, given proper training, individuals can learn to better manage intrusive experiences, and are broadly consistent with the view that moderate adversity can foster resilience later in life.

Danica Anderson, PhD
Social Scientist, Trauma Expert
The Kolo: Women’s Cross Cultural Collaboration