(Riverton, Wyo.) – At the age of three, Robin Poor Bear was sexually abused by her foster father. Poor Bear isn’t alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control’s 2011 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, American Indian women at 27 percent have the second-highest rate of rape of all races and ethnicities.
This past April, Poor Bear and her story of abuse and healing was the subject of a documentary, “Kind Hearted Woman,” that aired as a part of the PBS’s series “Frontline.” The film documented Poor Bear’s struggle to remain sober, further her education and fight for custody of her children.
To empower people to speak out, Poor Bear, an Oglala Sioux and member of the North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Tribe, along with Native Women Restored will be hosting a two day event at the Wind River Hotel and Casino on October 21 and 22 in the Entertainment Room. Events include a screening of her documentary, survivor and youth walk, Q&A and Poor Bear will facilitate a healing circle.
For more information please contact Reinette or Sunny at 307-335-8374.