Tonier Cain of the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care to Present Trauma and Recovery at Viterbo Oct. 14

Oct. 2, 2013

Contact Rick Kyte at
608-796-3704 or rlkyte@viterbo.edu

TONIER CAIN OF THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR
TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE TO PRESENT “TRAUMA AND RECOVERY” AT VITERBO OCT. 14

LA
CROSSE, Wis. – Tonier “Neen” Cain of the National Center for
Trauma-Informed Care will present “Trauma and Recovery” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct.
14 in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Cain is the subject of the
award-winning documentary film Healing
Neen
, which is the inspiring story of her emergence from years of drug
addiction, incarceration, and homelessness. For 20 years, Cain hustled on the
streets of Annapolis, desperately feeding her crack addition. Home was under a
bridge or prison and sexual assault and beatings were routine. She was arrested
83 times.

In 2004, pregnant and incarcerated
for violation of parole, she was given the opportunity to participate in a
community trauma, mental health, and addictions program. There, feeling safe
for the first time in her life, she confronted the horrible memories of child
abuse—filth and chronic hunger, sexual assault by neighborhood men, and routine
physical and mental abuse by her alcoholic mother. Realizing she was a victim,
she began to heal and reclaim her life, beginning an “upward spiral that has no
limit.”

Today, Cain works for the National
Center for Trauma-Informed Care and has dedicated her life to being a voice for
victims. She travels the country giving speeches and works one-on-one with
women in prisons and hospitals. Cain continues to transform her own life while
helping others to embrace her motto, “where there’s breath, there’s hope.”

Cain’s presentation is part of the
D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership’s fall lecture series. The
event is free and open to the public. For a full schedule of D.B. Reinhart
Institute for Ethics in Leadership events, visit www.viterbo.edu/ethics.

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