Letter From The President

Shift In Media and Culture at Large

Dear ISSTD friends,

Our recent Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, was attended by a couple of journalists who are undertaking deep dives into abuse, violence and trauma. One of them was Janelle Nanos from the Boston Globe, who in July 2022 published a startling longform article called “Kate Price remembers something terrible”.

The article chronicles the efforts of Kate Price, an academic and expert in child sex trafficking, to understand her own memories of being sexually exploited by her father when she was a child. The article also describes Janelle’s painstaking efforts, for over a decade, to document Kate’s journey as she sought validation for her recollections of organised abuse.

The piece is deeply impactful and I encourage you to read it, if you haven’t already. I was thrilled to find that Janelle was named as a Pulitzer finalist for the piece earlier this month. This recognition is indicative of a broader shift in the media and culture at large, towards curiosity and active inquiry into trauma, dissociation and the conditions that create them.

The work of our Society and members has never been so vital. Please save the date for our upcoming Fall Virtual Conference which will take place October 21 – 22, with plenary speakers Sandra Bloom and Frank Corrigan. We look forward to connecting with you all there.