Study after study shows that having a good support network constitutes the single most powerful protection against becoming traumatized.
The true power of community is to help people become more authentic versions of themselves. Therefore, emotional safety is of utmost importance. The people around us shape what we feel comfortable putting out there into the world, and what we keep locked up, hidden from the world, and often hidden from ourselves. Slowly, over time, our community can change the world, by first becoming the change we wish to see in the world.