The Sojourner Group will provide culturally relevant advocacy services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The services will be culturally sensitive services and support survivors navigate various community services. Case management services will also be provided to include: appropriate referrals for therapeutic interventions, transitional housing, criminal reparations, and safety planning.
The Sojourner Group will provide inter-personal violence training and education. The training will be geared for educators/schools, churches, correctional personnel, social service agencies and other organizations and businesses on the issues of domestic/sexual and dating violence and cultural competency in working with women of the African and Black Diaspora.
The Sojourner Group will provide training and technical assistance to first responders and community agencies providing services for female survivors of the African and Black Diaspoa in domestic/sexually violent relationships. Sojourner will provide support and services to these agencies to ensure services offered are culturally relevant and acknowledge the unique challenges and barriers faced by Black women of the African Diaspora survivors.
The Sojourner Group will provide a safe forum for women of the African and Black Diaspora to share experiences of domestic/sexual violence while building friendships, support, and feelings of sisterhood. The forum will also serve as an opportunity for women to receive information and education about sexual assault and domestic violence, available services, healthy relationships, advocacy, and case management services (Sistah Circle does not offer therapeutic counseling at the current time).
Traditionally, U.S. Black women's efforts to construct individual and collective voices have occurred in at least three safe spaces. One location involves Black women's relationships with one another. In some cases, such as friendships and family interactions, these relationships are informal, private dealings among individuals. In others, as was the case during slavery (D. White 1985), in Black churches (Gilkes 1985; Higginbotham 1993), or in Black women's organizations (Giddings 1988; Cole 1993; Guy-Sheftall 1993), more formal organizational ties have nurtured powerful Black women's communities. As mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends to one another, many African-American women affirm one another (Myers 1980). Hills-Collins, P.; 2000. Black Feminist Thought, Knowledge Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment Perspectives on Gender. New York: Routledge.
Generating Cultures Free from Violence "Stepping out of the Man Box" Changing Attitudes and Beliefs to Create Positive Messages.
Provides a culturally sensitive space for men of the Black and African Diaspora to discuss the historical trauma and sexual victimization of Black men, and the root causes of violence and violence against women.
Provides culturally specific education workshops for girls of the Black and African Diaspora, ages 10-18. Topics of discussion include teen dating violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, intervention action plans, and age appropriate peer mentoring strategies. Parental Consent is required for girls under the age of 18. The Sojourner Group provides adult supervision.
One out of 11 high school students in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence from a boyfriend or girlfriend, with African-American youth experiencing this abuse at a higher rate.
In fact, the CDC's Youth Behavior Risk Surveillance Study reported that black high-school girls are 80 percent more likely than white girls to be hit, slapped or hurt on purpose by their boyfriends.
According to the CCD, teen dating violence can lead to poor school performance, substance abuse, and suicide attempts. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control adds increased risk of teen pregnancy, risky sexual behaviors, and unhealthy weight control to that list.
Gains, T. (Feb 2012). Black youth most affected by teen dating violence. the Griot, Retrieved from http://writing2.richmond.edu/writing/wweb/apadocu.html
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