Black Women’s Blueprint envisions a world where women and girls of African descent are fully empowered and where gender, race and other disparities are erased.
SEXUALIZED VIOLENCE IN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE
SEXUAL ABUSE TO MATERNAL MORTALITY PIPELINE (SAMM)
SAMM is the result of a six-year national sexual assault and GBV intervention process to collect survivor narratives as a Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
There are few local efforts to address what we have coined as the“Sexual Abuse to Maternal Mortality Pipeline," or the trajectory of individuals engaged in women's health across the spectrum of one's reproductive lifespan in which sexual abuse impacts maternal health and one's physical health more broadly. Even where some fragmented efforts are emerging, there is a dearth of research on the impact of sexual abuse on women’s long-term reproductive health and morbidity outcomes. Consequently, sexual assault and reproductive justice advocates do not yet have the appropriate framework, models and tools to address sexualized violence in reproductive healthcare. We lack the adequate strategies for gender-responsive interventions to prevent what survivors of color have reported as “negative sexualized experiences” in women-and-maternal healthcare.
We have developed a trauma-informed webinar training series for doulas, birthworkers, sexual assault prevention advocates and practitioners.
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