MISSION & GOALS
EDUCATE, ENGAGE and EMPOWER
Black victims/survivors of sexual and domestic violence understand all too well the lived experience of reporting a crime to law enforcement about the possible outcome. Historically, crimes often go unreported due to the multi-faceted complexities and stigmas with skin color and/or phenotype. The Sojourner Group validates these experiences and consciously addresses the biases, barriers, cultural and spirituality differences, family history, regional norms, the lack of trust with law enforcement, and the negative history among medical professionals and mental health providers. While mainstream providers attempt to meet these needs, their lived experiences often make it difficult to comprehend these norms, therefore causing them to overlook or simply or dismiss the underlying issues at the forefront of healing.
The Sojourner Group is diligent in providing educational tools that will guide, direct, and emancipate Black women victimized by a crime that has silenced them far too long. For a silenced 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.
My mantra is to EDUCATE, ENGAGE, and EMPOWER. We respectfully acknowledge and validate the significant cultural differences 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.
I 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 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 to men and boys and diminish stereotypes that impeded 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.
The Sojourner Group is persistent in the work of educating communities about the historically under-represented American Black victimized sexual and domestic surviors of violence who are often ignored and dismissed.
Your selfless contributions makes it possible to continue educating, engaging, and empowering the American Black victimized survivor-woman to move beyond the negative stereotypes and biases and reflect on qualities that lead to healtheir lifestyles, leading to healthier families.