Wounded Healers increase community awareness of the trauma of sexual violence that African women experience, rooted in cultural beliefs and a shift that these traumas took when we migrated to America. The programs also tell stories that contribute to understanding African immigrants’ experiences of violence and mental illnesses and the role of stigma during the help-seeking process. We create partnerships with ready existing agencies in Maine and bridge the gap in mental health.
Our programs are in Kiswahili, French, and English.
WHAT WE DO
AFTER SILENCE SUPPORT GROUP
Our support groups are weekly psycho/educational groups designed to emphasize understanding the dynamics of abusive behavior and healing for survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and sex trafficking.
Our mission is to support, empower, validate, and educate their families and supporters. The core of our program is a support group, message board, and chat room where women and families come together in a mutually supportive and safe environment.
We include one on One mental health support, restorative yoga, and Empowerment self-defense training.
We also invite different speakers and trainers to help us learn how American systems work and how to navigate the complicated Immigration information.
The program provides a platform to use video and documentaries to share our experiences and the world. This will help educate the survivors to feel they are not alone. The ability to see and hear the person sharing the story through video as the medium is invaluable in helping the listener make an emotional connection. The authenticity of each level makes it even more compelling and thus more likely to evoke a response that leads to action from the listener.
We prepare each other to tell our stories in public with dignity. Speaking in public is one of our greatest fears. Another is exposing our inner selves. The program prepares survivors to share their stories and the public while maintaining their dignity and safety.
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