“For 19 years I lived on the streets. I slept during the day underneath a bridge. At night I would get up, stand on the corners, prostitute, get my drugs, use all night long, and I’d go back underneath my little bridge and I’d go back to sleep and I’d start all over again.”
-Tonier Cain, Team Leader at the National Center for Trauma Informed Care
These days, Tonier Cain travels the country running workshops for service providers at women’s correctional facilities. What she has to teach, she’s learned from long years of experience. Tonier has been arrested 83 times for crimes including prostitution, theft, and drug possession. Behind her criminal record was a childhood kept locked in a dark corner of her mind for most of her life. Tonier was finally able to confront the abuse she suffered during her early years, and since that revelation she’s been on what she calls a boundless ‘upward spiral.’
This week on The Signal, Tonier Cain shares her story.