Robin Poorbear (Charboneau) was an extraordinary woman. Despite a troubled childhood, she raised two amazing children, was the subject of a nationally-aired documentary film, and touched thousands through her advocacy work on behalf of abuse victims. She spent her life helping others, and now it is time for us to help her family: her daughter, Darian, and son, Anthony.



In addition to speaking out on behalf of abused women everywhere, Robin was a talented writer. Here is the text of her poem Standing Proud and Standing Tall:

I stand here in front of you standing proud and standing tall
To remind you of when you knocked me down and watched me fall

The mean and hateful things you’d say helped me to see
Exactly how much you really loved me

As time went on I hoped and I prayed
For health and happiness to come my way

I know he was listening the CREATOR does care
I just need to stay sober, to become more aware

My spirit is Strong and cannot be broken or beat

At a very young age I was told “this man is your father”
But what kind of dad could rape and beat his own daughter.

My innocence was stolen throughout my childhood
Dirty Disgusting men putting their hands where they could.

I grew up and waited for that one day to come
Where I would remind them of what they had done.

One by one I told them off and I could see fear in their eyes
They too denied it as they covered it with lies.

I faced everyone of them I felt my spirit grow stronger
They can’t control my life or my fears no longer

Now like you they seem smaller, not big men at all
While I am walking away: Proud and Tall

My name is Erin Anguish, I was a co-producer on the 2013 PBS documentary Kind Hearted Woman, and was privileged enough to meet Robin Poorbear and her family while working on the film. All funds will be distributed to Darian Charboneau to help defray funeral expenses and continue Robin’s legacy of advocacy.

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