Roxanne Chinook



My Spirit Lives

The author narrates a personal story of abuse and addiction. She was raped as a child by her grandfather and violated multiple times from the ages of 19 to 28. These brutal assaults propelled her into alcohol and drug addiction. Consequently, her children were removed from her custody and placed with various relatives. Today she struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder. She continues her healing journey with the aid of counseling and art. As an accomplished artist, art nourishes her spirit.

Native American, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, rape

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 31, No. 4 (2004): 31-39.