The Sojourner Group is a culturally based organization focusing on the multi-faceted complexities specific to Black women who have survived sexual and domestic violence. We recognize that assumptions and societal stigmas are the driving forces that lead a survivor down the path of social isolation. A silent victim/survivor stands unprepared, yet likely to experience a lifetime of poor mental health.
The Sojourner Group invites survivors to an environment that respectfully acknowledges and validates them, while persistently operating to INSPIRE, INFORM, AND EMPOWER each person to move beyond the stereotypes associated with Black women. We encourage survivors to live the second principle of Kwanzaa, Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-GOO-lee-ah) — “Self-Determination” —- ‘Define Ourselves, Name Ourselves, Create for Ourselves, and Speak for Ourselves;’ qualities favorable to developing healthier lifestyles and families.
- To exercise integrity, respect, and sincere transparency when working with survivors.
- To keep survivors at the forefront of planning and development, with a strong focus on women and children.
The Sojourner Group’s mission is to provide educational tools that will guide, direct, and emancipate women of color, victimized by sexual and domestic violence, who have been silenced due to cultural, spiritual, linguistic differences and assumptions.
To nurture and embrace the need for culturally specific training and advocacy for women of color who have survived sexual assault and domestic violence.
To be consistently mindful of the cultural differences, roadblocks, and other elements impeding the healing process for women of color survived by sexual assault and domestic violence.
To focuses on the status of SURVIVORS and redefine the term Victim.
To hear and validate the voices often silenced, ignored and/or denigrated by regularly introducing and reinforcing tools that promotes and leads to safe and healthy communication for a well-rounded life-cycle.
To increase awareness of the differences between healthy and toxic masculinity to men, boys, tweens, teens, and seniors that will diminish stereotypes that impede on goals to healthy relationships.