Peru State to screen “Resilience: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope”

Peru State to screen “Resilience: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope”

Peru, Nebraska – “The child may not remember, but the body remembers,” the synopsis for the new documentary, ‘Resilience’ promises. The film will be screened on the Peru State campus.

After the screening, Jake Hedden will facilitate training and discussion associated with the film. Hedden is a forensic interviewer at the Child Advocacy Center in Lincoln and a Peru State College alum.

The screening, training and discussion will be held on April 16 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in TJ Majors, room 114. The event is free and open to the public.

KPJR Films writes, “Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary, ‘Resilience,’ reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune.”

The photo shows an adult hand clasping the hand of a small child.

When it was controversial to even think of asking patients about taboo subjects, the ACE Study dared to ask questions like, Were you sexually abused as a child? Did you have a parent who was an alcoholic? The answers produced a public health revelation.

“‘Resilience,’ however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.”

The screening and Hedden’s visit to campus is sponsored by the Child Advocacy Center, Peru State’s Kappa Omicron Rho Chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon and the School of Professional Studies.

The Child Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization providing a safe, child friendly location for conducting forensic interviews and medical evaluations for abused children in Southeast Nebraska. More information about the Center can be found at

Lambda Alpha Episilon (LAE) is a national criminal justice honor’s society. Peru State’s Kappa Omicron Rho chapter won several national awards at the LAE competition held this spring.

Peru State College’s School of Professional Studies offers degrees with multiple emphases in business, psychology and criminal justice. It is Peru State’s largest school.

‘Resilience’ premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has been accepted to the Sonoma Film Festival, the Santa Barbara Film Festival, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, the Cleveland Film Festival, the Rochester Film Festival, and the Minneapolis Film Festival.

‘Resilience’ is not yet rated.

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