After having several conversations with community members and friends, two community organizers in the African American community in Sacramento put together a small event talking about the big topic of abuse against black women.
RoLanda Allaha Wilkins, founder of Earth Mama Healing, and Christi Ketchum, founder of the Sacramento Sister Circle Group, put together a panel Friday night that furthers their mission of providing a space for black women to express themselves and work towards healing while also directing them towards resources to help them.
"This has been triggering for black women," Ketchum said. "Hundreds of thousands of comments have been made about the series, so many women have shared stories and this a huge topic we need to discuss."
Wilkins said that after watching Lifetime's "Surviving R. Kelly" series, she noticed more conversations happening with black women about R. Kelly-like people in their lives.
"Something about R. Kelly struck a nerve," Wilkins said. "I think I've been supporting someone like that."
For Ketchum, she said that her family members actively worked towards protecting her from men like R. Kelly, who has been accused by multiple women that he in some way abused them.
Ketchum said this panel is a way to give a space for black women to talk freely about feeling devalued, surviving abuse and how to work towards healing from abuse.
The conversation is to include Timiza Wash, an anti-trafficking program manager with WEAVE, and a woman who is a survivor of abuse and was sold by her mother for drugs. Ketchum said that she will be facilitating the discussion and that the event will allow people to discuss on the Facebook group and in-person at the event.
Ketchum says this event was planned in addition a protest against sex trafficking in Sacramento.
Ketchum said these events are a continuation of discussions that her group Sacramento Sister Circle have been having for years.
"There is so much trauma and pain, and if we don't address it we go back to that trauma and pain," Ketchum said. "We can't get to healing if we don't address it.
When: Friday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m.
Where: 2251 Florin Rd., Suite 50, Sacramento
Shining the light on sex trafficking protest
When: Friday, Jan. 11 at 9 p.m.
Where: BOSS Church, 6524 44th St, Suite 208, Sacramento
Details: Event calls for participants to wear all black and bring flash lights. Participants in the protest are to leave the church and go to a hotel known for housing trafficked women.
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