Chicago children of gun violence, in their own words

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Nearly every day, we tell you about the shootings plaguing Chicago. But after the crime scene is cleared and the cameras are gone, what happens to the children who’ve survived gun violence? In tonight’s Cover Story, Gaynor Hall tells us how helping these children could shape the city’s future.

Young survivors in their own words. One of the kids you’ll hear from tonight we first told you about in March after a shooting ripped his family apart. We talked with him, with his mother’s permission, to give you an understanding of how children who have been traumatized by gun violence are fighting every day to live lives not defined by their scars.

Dr. Stolbach says when one child is shot, hundreds of people are affected, the family, the child's school, their entire community. And there are no quick fixes. But, through supportive treatment, children can learn how to manage physical symptoms, express how they're feeling, and understand what it means to be safe.

For even more information, we've compiled a number of links and web extras which you can watch by clicking below.  Producer Pam Grimes and photojournalists Steve Scheuer and Marty Nutley contributed to this report.

University of Chicago Urban Health Initiative

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition

Chicago Survivors

Gun Violence Web Extra #1:  How a shooting can change a child

Gun Violence Web Extra #2:  What will help young shooting victims?

Gun Violence Web Extra #3:  Why should people care about gun violence in Chicago?

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