The Sojourner Group is a culturally-based organization focusing on meeting the unmet cultural and mental health needs of African Americans who have been impacted by sexual and domestic violence.
Black women victimized by sexual an domestic violence often restrain from reporting the crime because of the multi-faceted complexities associated with Black woman in America and the stigmas attached to their identities. To better serve a victim/survivor within African American culture and help them as they move in a direction of healthier lifestyles, the Sojourner group consciously works to address barriers that are often dismissed by mainstream providers, such as labels, biases, spirituality differences, family history, regional norms, the detrimental historical context affiliated with law enforcement, lack of trust for mental health professionals, and uncertainty with medical professionals.
The Sojourner Group is diligent in its work to provide educational tools that will guide, direct, and emancipate Black women victimized by a crime that has silenced them far too long. We recognize that the multi-faceted complexities, specific to Black women; biases, societal stigmas, and assumptions, are the driving forces that puts a victim/survivor on the path of social isolation. A silent victim/survivor stands unprepared, yet likely to experience a lifetime of poor mental health. Poor mental health can lead to suicide, substance abuse, and chronic conditions related to unhealthy weight.
Our mantra is to EDUCATE, ENGAGE, and EMPOWER. We respectfully acknowledge and validate the cultural differences that are significant when a victim/survivor is functioning to move towards a more dignified and healthier lifestyle. We work diligently to provide social instructions that bolster a victim/survivor to overcome life’s obstacles.
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.
To nurture and embrace the need for culturally specific training and advocacy for Black women 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 Black women who have survived sexual assault and domestic violence.
To focus 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 promote and lead to safe and healthy communication for a well-rounded life-cycle.
To increase awareness of healthy masculinity to men and boys and diminish stereotypes that impede goals toward healthy relationships.
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.