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.
AFTER SILENCE SUPPORT GROUP
Our support group is a bi-weekly psycho/educational 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 come together in a mutually supportive and safe environment.
The program is tailored to meet individuals with different needs. This may include linking to available agencies that offer medical, shelter, psychological, educational, spiritual, and even vocational services.
We prepare each other to reveal our violent experiences in public with dignity. While speaking in public is one of our greatest fears, Our hope is to create digital stories that could expand the public understanding of sexual violence among African communities and deepen our collective community commitment to supporting survivors and preventing this crime.
The ability to see and hear the person sharing real-life experiences in person or 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 also invite different speakers and experienced trainers to help us learn how American systems work and how to navigate the complicated Immigration information.
Contact us, and we will take it from there.