Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tolson 4 TEARS Reviews DVD "Healing Neen"

Healing Neen is a documentary produced by In the Hollow Films. It features the true story of Tonier “Neen” Cain. As a victim of child abuse and neglect, Neen endured the trauma as well as the consequences of abuse, such as addictions, homelessness, and mental health issues. She was repeatedly told that she was worthless and would never amount to anything.

Neen had been beaten by her alcoholic mother, who lost custody of Neen and her siblings. Neen was placed in foster care until a cousin provided a safe home. But the traumatic childhood experiences were too much to bear. She married as a minor and subsequently had five children. For nineteen years, Neen lived under a bridge, in a jail cell, and on crack cocaine. Tonier Cain had 83 arrests, with charges ranging from prostitution to possession, and she was convicted 66 times. She was unable to care for her four older children.

As an inmate, Neen felt helpless and hopeless, and resigned herself to a life time in a jail cell. Neen says she was humiliated, medicated, raped and beaten, but felt safer than on the streets. The documentary explains how prison exacerbates trauma.

Woven between the lines of Neen’s story is the urgent call to action: that providing trauma informed treatment can reduce the cycle of destruction and increase the potential of people who have been abused. A therapist told Neen what she needed to hear to plan for a fulfilling future. Neen’s behavior was not an indictment of her worthlessness but was a reaction to what had been done to her as a child. The film references the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) study and the National Center for Trauma Informed Care.

Tonier Cain uses her considerable speaking skills to present her inspiring story. She tells others that if she can break free from the cycle of self-destruction, anyone can. Neen says, “As long as there is breath there is hope.” Rather than being homeless, she is a homeowner, a public speaker, an advocate for victims, and is raising her daughter with love and dignity.

Review completed by Lynn C. Tolson, author of Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor’s Story
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Bill Murray, host of Stop Child Abuse Now, interviewed Neen on Blog Talk Radio

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