Join us as activist, educator and survivor Kalimah Johnson addresses the systemic barriers ingrained within mainstream sexual assault services by centering the needs of Black survivors.
Black women continue to be overrepresented as the victims of sexual violence, yet are least likely to access social and medical services due to the inherent systemic barriers present in service provision.
Kalimah Johnson will present “The SASHA Model: Black Women’s Triangulation of Rape," a model that redefines rape culture and explains the complexities of service provision for Black women who have been raped. She will also highlight the importance of culturally safe programs for women of colour who are victims of sexual assault.
The power dynamics that inform mainstream service provision hinder their capacity to serve women of colour. Until the infrastructure of support acknowledges historical and ongoing inequities, Black women will continue to be overrepresented as victims of sexual violence and underrepresented as services users. This conference aims to explore how services can become more accountable and better engaged with women of colour.
Kalimah Johnson, LMSW is a past Assistant Professor of Social Work at Marygrove College and Founder/Executive Director of SASHA Center in Detroit, Michigan. She is also a consultant to the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and the National Football League on matters of relationship safety and management.
She has been an advocate and counselor to survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence for over 20 years and is an industry expert on topics related to culturally-specific programming for sexual assault survivors, healthy relationships, domestic/sexual violence, emotional intelligence, mental health and well-being. She is a consultant to the National Women of Color Network and works closely with service organizations to address the needs of Black survivors of sexual assault.
Johnson is now founder and executive director of the Sexual Assault Services for Holistic Healing and Awareness Center, or SASHA — a Detroit-based nonprofit offering culturally-specific sexual assault support and community education and outreach. Founded in 2010, the SASHA Center is the only organization of its kind in the United States.