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.



Coined by Black Women's Blueprint, 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 developed a trauma-informed webinar training series for doulas, birthworkers, sexual assault prevention advocates and practitioners. The series ran from November 2019 through April 2020 and consisted of the following sessions:

  • Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors, Their Risks for Maternal Mortality: Exposing the Invisible Pipeline

  • Body Sovereignty: A primer on the intersection of environmental justice, sexual violence and reproductive health

  • The Neurobiology of Trauma in Pregnant Survivors

  • Mothers and Sex Objects: How Patriarchy and Racism Damages Women's Health 

  • Eliminating the Avoidance and Delay of Healthcare for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

  • ​The Abuse of Girls, Women and Gender Non-Conforming People in OBGYN and Prenatal Care: Cross-Sectoral Work and Coordinated Community Response In Prevention and Intervention

  • When the Body Speaks: Somatic Language Across the Continuum of Sexual and Reproductive Violations

  • Interrupting Obstetrics Violence in Labor and Delivery: Why It Should Matter to Gender Violence Advocates

  • Ending Maternal Mortality: Implications for Policy, Medical Practice and Culture Change

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