Latest News | ‘Part of me died that night’: Life after surviving the Charleston church shooting

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Joe Biden was holding a town hall in Charleston, S.C., on July 7, when Felicia Sanders, a survivor of the 2015 Emanuel AME church shooting, posed a question to the former vice president now running for president: “With gun violence comes post-traumatic stress disorder. What are we going to do about that?”

For survivors of mass shootings, their emotional and psychological wounds are often unrecognized. Sanders says the overwhelming media attention and calls for unity and solidarity by the church have not translated into actual emotional support for survivors like her. In her eyes, the church’s leaders failed to privately minister to the most vulnerable, even as they publicly called for forgiveness and healing. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube:

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