The Healing Circle gives Baton Rouge residents a safe place to discuss trauma


In the wake of two mass shootings that claimed the innocent lives of 31 people. A Baton Rouge organization says, it’s time to heal.

“In the light of everything that has happened and the things that’s been happening in our country, we wanted to have a dialogue on what does that look like and how do we begin to heal from it because it’s real” said Tonja Myles, Organizer of The Healing Circle.

Sitting in a healing circle, each person talked about the trauma they’ve experienced from recent tragedies.

“I’m just so traumatized by it, everything is making me upset.”
“I picture myself being in that position, and I picture, what if I was that family member that they lost.”

Rosa Gomez – Herrin, a Latina-American immigrant said, being a part of the healing circle is something that’s vital to the community.

“We need to figure out ways to acknowledge the harm that has been done, the harm that is constantly being done to communities of color in this country and figure out ways to heal together from that and become stronger” said Gomez-Herrin.

As the message of healing was spread throughout the room, Myles said, she just want people to know, the circle is their safe haven.

“for people to come and let their voice be heard, to let them know that they matter but healing is definitely in the future for them and we’re excited to do this.”

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