Innocence Blog Invites Readers to Submit Questions on PTSD to Researcher Ginny Lefever

07.18.16 By Carlita Salazar

Fake Dictionary, Dictionary definition of the word PTSD. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Fake Dictionary, Dictionary definition of the word PTSD. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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.

Related: National PTSD Awareness Day: An Interview with Exoneree and Researcher Ginny Lefever

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Nannette Serra September 11, 2016 at 9:17 am Reply   

I need someone to help. My nephew recently started serving time for crime he didn’t commit. The prison counselor has taken away his anti-anxiety meds and he has uncontrollable shaking all the time now. He needs some immediae intervention

Allen Remillard July 21, 2016 at 6:45 pm Reply   

I’m speaking as a man who was falsely accused of a crime that’s minor in comparison with what I usually read here.

That being said, I don’t know if my opinion rates very highly. I spent more than three month in solitary many years ago, and I can tell you that there are still times I’m afraid to leave the house, more than thirty years after the trauma.

I normally don’t voice my opinions but I couldn’t resist this one when you asked for falsely accused. Hope is a difficult commodity to get. I still suffer and I can’t control it or make it stop. For me the end can’t come soon enough for me.

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