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Once Hostage in a War Zone, UIC Prof Talks About Traumatic Impact of Violent Images in the News

photo of Dr. Singer smiling and wearing glasses and a colorful sweater

In an op-ed published by USA Today, Dr. Rebecca Singer of the UIC College of Nursing addresses the impact of violent images in wartime news coverage. Dr. Singer is able to speak from firsthand experience, having herself been taken captive and held hostage by a rebel group in war-torn Cameroon. In her op-ed she speaks of the retraumatization, secondary trauma and desensitization that can occur from seeing images such as those currently coming out of Israeli and Gaza.