On June 14, Cierra Fields (Cherokee) attended the White House United State of Women Summit as an invited guest. Cierra was nominated to attend by several people familiar with her growing work on violence against women.
At 17 years old, Cierra is emerging as a vocal advocate for the awareness and prevention of sexual assault. She has courageously shared her own rape survival story not for recognition, but to break the silence around sexual assault in Indian Country. She hopes that by telling her story, she can offer solidarity to other women and men with similar experiences, and unite with them to hold offenders accountable. Cierra recounts her story to “give a voice to the voiceless” and to show other survivors that they do no have to suffer in silence.
This month, Cierra wrote an article for Indian Country Today Media Network and joined Native America Calling to talk about her experience, supporting rape survivors, the healing process, and fighting against rape culture. In both, Cierra says that one of the most important parts of her healing process — and the healing of so many other survivors — is to hear the words “I believe you.”