I will be in Atlanta for the Sweet Peach Soirée: An Empowering Celebration of Women’s Sexual Wellness. This event is set to take place at The Phillip Rush Center.

The event will foster dialogue that promotes healing from the trauma of sexual abuse, assault, and intimate partner violence. Sexual healing and wellness is rarely talked about in our community. I am ready to hear from the panel of sexual trauma and relationship specialists that will be there.

18.8% of African-American women will have someone attempt to rape them. Women who have been raped are 3 times more likely to suffer from depression. They are 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol, and are 26 times more likely to abuse drugs.

Sexual abuse and assault has permeated the news this year. We heard from the victims of Daniel Holtzclaw and Bill Cosby. Now, we are trying to make sense out of Nate Parker’s allegations. It is time to talk about this.

Earlier this year as a part of my King’s Speak series, I published a moving article titled “Black Men Speak on Rape“. I started by asking black men some pretty tough questions about rape in general. I asked, “If you had to speak to young black boys on decreasing rape in the black community, what would you say?” Although the black men spoke with courage, strength, and wisdom, I could literally feel the apprehension to respond and engage via the blog.

The Sweet Peach Soirée: An Empowering Celebration of Women’s Sexual Wellness is a production of Rising Phoenix Abuse Recovery Coaching. This coaching practice specializes in empowering survivors to overcome the long-term effects of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse.

“This will be an unforgettable night of healing for more than 100 women,” says Ms. Pierre.

Georgia ME will be hosting this event! Georgia ME is a phenomenal woman and an award winning poet.

The Sweet Peach Soirée: An Empowering Celebration of Women’s Sexual Wellness is going to be a learning experience and a party. I hope to see you there.