HLN reported this week that newly obtained search warrants had revealed that Hannah Anderson's mother and brother were tortured before they were killed in suspected Amber Alert abductor James DiMaggio’s home.
Hannah, 16, was reunited with her father in California just days after DiMaggio was shot and killed by an FBI agent in the Idaho wilderness.
But the trauma of being kidnapped, losing family members and other moments the public has not yet been made aware, will most likely require therapy in the weeks, months and, perhaps, years to come.
However, Hannah has already fielded several questions about the horrific ordeal ... not from reporters ... but from users on a social media website called Ask.fm. The teen has also been posting on her Instagram account.
This now begs the question: Can young people really deal with their personal trauma effectively online?
Social commentator Samantha Schacher says, "Because users are anonymous, anything goes. Questions can become controversial, sexual, abusive and sometimes they lend to bullying."
SiriusXM radio host and attorney Hutt added, "Who could be surprised that Hannah is taking to the Internet and doing what she wants? She's a 16-year-old girl. That's what kids do today. They vent online. They throw it up online and throw it out and think that that then ends the trauma."
Psychologist Wendy Walsh, Ph.D. noted, "Hannah's been isolated. She's been alone. She's grieving the loss of her psychological and physical lifeline, her mother and her brother. And so, to reach out, I totally understand the psychological dynamics. To reach out and receive care and contact with people, and also being able to control it ... she's very angry at our speculations and to be able to have this control in some ways is healing for her."
Psychotherapist Tiffanie Davis Henry, Ph.D. continued, "The problem I have with it, of course, is that everybody isn't nice [online]. Not everybody says nice, helpful, nurturing, warm things. Some people did, but there are also some very cruel people out there ... hurtful comments were coming from people that know better and should have never re-victimized her. If you want your privacy, then you have to remain private."
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