Amigas de Lenawee Moviéndose Adelante (Lenawee Friends Moving Forward), provides outreach and support groups for survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence populations in Lenawee County, Michigan. The program supports Latino(a) survivors of sexual assault and offers participants opportunities to share their experiences and perspectives with other survivors, with the aim of establishing a network of peer support. Participants are also provided with information about local resources for sexual assault survivors provided by our partner, the Family Counseling and Children’s Services of Lenawee County’s Catherine Cobb Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program.
Due to the sensitive nature of the topic of sexual assault, Community Health Workers are excellent facilitators for group discussion and can provide culturally and linguistically appropriate information. As members of the community, Community Health Workers are well suited to earn the trust and respect program participants, a task which may be difficult for others.
The group sessions are culturally tailored for the community and have a creative aspect, where participants are free to express themselves artistically and without fear of judgement. Community Health Workers also conduct outreach and refer individuals for additional services.