Innocence Blog Invites Readers to Submit Questions on PTSD to Researcher Ginny Lefever
07.18.16 By Carlita Salazar
On June 27, in recognition of National PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) Awareness Day, the Innocence Blog featured an interview with Ohio-based exoneree and PTSD-researcher Ginny Lefever. In the Q&A, Lefever described how the hallmark symptoms of PTSD manifest within the lives of individuals who’ve been wrongfully convicted, and spoke openly about her own personal struggles coping with the illness after being wrongfully incarcerated for 22 years. Readers’ responses were eye-opening.
Many—both exonerees and those close to exonerees—wrote in about the wrongful convictions that led to them developing PTSD. Others asked for advice and insight in dealing with their symptoms.
Given readers’ desire to engage around PTSD and its prevalence within the exoneree community, the Innocence Blog is opening up the topic for further discussion. We will host an interactive Q&A with Lefever on the Innocence Project’s blog and social networking sites.
Starting today, readers can submit their questions about PTSD to Lefever via the Innocence Blog or our social media pages. We’ll gather those questions and send them to Lefever. She’ll answer a select number of questions based on her graduate research. The Innocence Project will post the responses.
If you would like to ask Ginny a question about PTSD as it relates the lives of exonerees, submit your questions in the comments section below.
Thank you! We all look forward to learning more about this together.