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Invitation For Board Members

SASHA Center (Sexual Assault Services for Holistic Healing and Awareness) founded in 2010 is a non-profit charitable organization that provides culturally specific peer support groups for African American women and other women of color who have been raped and sexually assaulted.  All women are welcomed!  SASHA’s awareness work includes Take Back The Night (April) and Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October) advocacy.   SASHA is supported by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Michigan Department of Human Services.  We are presently accepting applications to fill vacancies for volunteer positions on our Board of Directors.  As a Board member, you are committed to our mission and looking for an opportunity to use your skills and experience to benefit others and help end the silence. The Board meets once a month. Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2014.  For more information and/or to submit your application please email board@sashacenter.org.


Detroit Bike Tour Fundraiser

June 23, 2013 | 12 pm SHARP! — WheelHouse DETROIT
1340 Atwater Street| Detroit, MI 48207


POETS & PURSES Fundraiser

March 29, 2013 | 12 pm

Gently used purses will be auctioned during poetry.  FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 
Light refreshments served. Drink specials!
Music provided by DJ InCreDUBle.

L!V Resto-Lounge
641 Beaubien St.
Detroit, MI 48226


Documentary Screening: "The Invisible War"


Mar 13, 2013 | 8:30 pm — Marygrove College
8425 West McNichols Road | Detroit, MI 48221
Liberal Arts Building, Women’s Cntr Room LA030

From the Academy Award® nominated director, Kirby Dick comes a critically-acclaimed and
powerful documentary film that highlights the epidemic of rape within the U.S. Armed Forces.
On March 13th, join us along with countless others across the country attending special screenings of this film as part of the launch of NO MORE, the first overarching symbol to express support for
ending domestic violence and sexual assault. NO MORE is not a call to end one action, but to
end every action associated with domestic violence and sexual assault. Only by working together, can we stop the cycle of violence and abuse.


Detroit WDET's Craig Fahle Show Interview January 8, 2013

Kaliimah Johnson recently spoke with WDET volunteer Lori Robinson about why she was compelled to offer more services to Detroit’s victims of sexual assault.

Self-Defense Workshop for Women

SASHA Center Service Announcment

Domestic Awareness Violoence Month

LIVE STREAMING Performance: MOTHER TONGUE: Monologues for Truth Bearing Women, Emerging Sons & Other Keepers of the Flame

SASHA Center Program Updates

SASHA Center Poets and Purses

Press Release

Spiritual Power In Restoring”IT”e

Survivors Overcoming Assault for Recovery

3rd Annual Bike Tour Fundraiser

Healing Is Possible, a Series of Two-Hour Holistic Practices Sessions for Women and Men

Save the Date - When Masculinity Violates Humanity

5 Elements of HIP HOP

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!!!!

Tim McCormick, retired NBA Player and Director of the NBPA Top 100 Basketball Camp, SASHA Center and Marygrove College will come together to discuss Intimate Partner Violence! This is also the time to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the VAWA ACT where we are fulfilling the promise of safety and justice!
On Monday, October 27, 2014 from 6-8pm join us at Marygrove College in the Main Dining Hall of the Madame Cadillac Building to hear a panel of men advocates discuss intimate partner violence.
It is imperative that we provide opportunities for community members, students, staff, faculty and local organizations to get together and discuss intimate partner violence. We use Domestic Violence Awareness Month to become aware of the impact of relationship violence within our communities. We also know that non-battering men can be very instrumental in stopping intimate partner violence if given the opportunity to share their stories and expertise in being non-violent in their own relationships and passing on their wisdom to other men.
Therefore, Marygrove College, SASHA Center and Interim House will host our annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month event for students, faculty, staff and the community to raise awareness, acknowledge survivors/victims of intimate partner violence and suggest solutions to the problem. Our goal is to dispel myths and provide a forum with honest dialogue among ourselves-with men leading the way!
We have special guest Tim McCormick and men from various community organizations together to discuss domestic and sexual violence in our communities. Father Michael Orr of Dominion Family Services will serve as the facilitator. Confirmed panelists to date are Mr. Victor Walker (poet and program assistant at Affirmations), Mr. Clifford Cheeks (Retired Probation Officer and Founder of The Wellness Advocates of Detroit), and Mr. Kristopher Kole Wyckhuys (Prevention Education Specialist at HAVEN), Mr. Dan Aldridge (Community Activist and Founder of “One Rape is Too Many’ Campaign) and Mr. Roosevelt Lawrence (retired Detroit Police Officer, Marygrove College Campus Security Sergeant and member of Omega Psi Phi).
The Marygrove College Social Work Department, The Women’s Center, and several community organizations (SASHA Center and Interim House) will host a reflective evening to educate, inspire and provide support to survivors/victims/all persons affected by domestic violence.
On our campus there is also a Purple Ribbon Campaign, Domestic Violence Dinner Table Display and The Clothesline Project -honoring those lives that have been impacted by Domestic Violence for the entire month of October-All lead by student urban leaders from organizations at Marygrove College.
This is a coordinated activity for the purpose of engaging our students and community and supporting those who may be currently in a violent relationship or recovering from one.


Our Founder Kalimah Johnson Training NFL Rookies on Intimate Partner Violence for the Sixth Year

She states that, "most men do not agree with violence against women by men, they just need the proper tools to engage."


Marygrove College Domestic Violence Awareness Month


SASHA Center helps NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in DV Case

NEW YORK — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following opinion today regarding the domestic violence incident involving Jeffery Taylor of the Charlotte Hornets..... read full article


Finding Healing and Hope after Sexual Assult

Kalimah Johnson is a full-time professor at Marygrove College in Detroit. She has been coming to Covenant House Michigan since 2012 when she met CHM staff member, Kathryn Douglass, in a continuing education course at Wayne State.... read full article


TBTND Save The Date

SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 10, 2015 @ Marygrove College!

To learn more about Take Back The Night Detroit, click here.


Healing Is Possible!

4th Annual Bike Tour Fundraiser - click Donation to register

Sasha Center Open House

TBTND Save The Date: April 8, 2016 @ Booth Center-Salvation Army

Problems Accompany W.N.B.A.’s New Success

After the Phoenix Mercury swept the Chicago Sky in the W.N.B.A. finals last September, the league had reason to fondly reflect on the 2014 season.

Television ratings and attendance numbers were up. There were landmark achievements: for the first time, four female head coaches led their teams to the conference finals, and the former All-Star guard Becky Hammon was hired as an assistant with the N.B.A.’s San Antonio Spurs.

The auspicious glow was short-lived. When the Mercury receive their championship rings Friday, the two best players from last season’s team will not be in uniform.

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WNBA Takes Action on Domestic Violence Case - BRAVO WNBA

In a statement released today by WNBA President Laurel J. Richie - the two WNBA players involved in a personal domestic dispute and subsequent arrest, have been suspended without pay for the first 7 games of the WNBA regular season for their actions in this incident. Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury and Glory Johnson of the Tulsa Shock were arrested at their home in Arizona on April 22 on identical misdemeanor charges of assault and disorderly conduct. Griner was a star at Baylor Univ. and played on last year's WNBA Championship Phoenix Mercury team; Johnson was a star player at the Univ. of Tennessee (her actions really disappointed me as a long-time fan and supporter of the Lady Vols) and was drafted in the first round of the 2012 WNBA draft by the Tulsa Shock where she still plays to date. Despite the domestic violence incident in April, Johnson married Griner on May 8 of this year. Go figure...

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SASHA Center Hosts Special Event Men's Voices Bringing Awareness to Domestic Violence

Center for sex assault victims needs the public's help ...

The SASHA center, which provides sexual assault services is in jeopardy of closing. The director says a grant was just denied and they are looking to the ... view full article


State of Sasha Center

SASHA Center-Sexual Assault Services for Holistic Healing and Awareness has been in existence since June 1, 2010 and will continue to offer culturally specific sexual assault support group services and community and organizational training/outreach and education in the African American community and beyond.

Recently, we have been impacted by a lack of funding resources, however we intend to continue the work through our strong volunteer base and through the use of survivors who believe in our specific charge to help survivors on their healing journeys who have experienced rape.

Change is Inevitable:
SASHA Center will remain at its current location until December 2016 and after that we will operate at a non-disclosed location where all documentation will be secured and facilitators will meet, process, train and discuss activities related to sexual assault support groups, education, events and outreach.

The HEALING IS POSSIBLE (HIP) Series on Wednesdays from 6-8pm will conclude on September 28, 2016. Our model will be that our peer educational support sessions will all be conducted in collaboration with existing programs, organizations and groups and focus on community opportunities.

SASHA Center will engage all survivors, groups and interested parties in the community, on location and in safe spaces.

To promote and increase healing of sexual assault by using alternative/non-traditional techniques for women of color communities with a special emphasis on African American women, thereby eradicating the fear, shame, guilt as well as any barriers associated with being sexually assaulted through culturally specific peer educational support groups, education, training and prevention strategies.

To increase awareness, provide resources and educate the public about sexual assault, provide culturally specific peer educational support groups to self-identified survivors of rape and to increase justice and visibility for ALL survivors in Southeast Michigan.

Services Offered:

• Community Training and Education
• Referrals and Resource Provision for Survivors
• Peer Educational Support Group Services
• Prevention and Safety Planning
• Engaging Men
• Industry Experts and Speakers Bureau

Program Eligibility:
Self-identified survivors of sexual assault and secondary persons affected that are 16 years of age and older, all genders, orientations, religious affiliations and races are invited to partake in our culturally specific programming if appropriate. Community residents, groups, individuals are encouraged to contact SASHA Center to determine if services are a good fit.

Request for Services:
Call our office at 1-888-865-7055 or go to our website at www.sashacenter.org we prefer for survivors to call on their own and encourage service providers, counselors and referral sources to ask to speak with our Executive Director Kalimah Johnson, LMSW directly. We are also available to provide ongoing support and training to DV/SA organizations throughout Michigan and the entire country as a way to further support our work.

Contact Information:

Until December 15, 2016:
2727 Second Ave. #162
Detroit, MI 48201

January 2017:
P.O. Box 2118
Detroit, MI 48211

Final Statement:
It has been a wonderful journey as we are actively growing into our full potential and identity as a rape and sexual assault resource to African American survivors in Southeastern Michigan.

As we continue to grow and learn, we ask that DV and SA service providers continue to offer supportive feedback, engage in ongoing collaboration and offer your patience as we move forward.

Change is inevitable and the good news is we are more than ready for the change and more than willing to continue on our own path of funding autonomy and healing.

The 4th Annual Poets & Purses Event

Center for sex assault victims needs the public's help ...

11,341 Rape Kits Were Collected and Forgotten in Detroit. This Is the Story of One of Them.

Ardelia Ali was raped in 1995. Twenty years later, her rapist was convicted thanks to the tireless efforts of prosecutor Kym Worthy.view full article


TBTND Save The Date: April 21, 2017 @ MaryGrove College


Sasha Center & The Wellness Plan Medical Centers Collaborate For Sexual Healing Circles


SASHA Center, INC. and DETROIT VS. EVERYBODY, LLC. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!!!


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!!!
Kalimah Johnson, LMSW, ACSW, LCSW
Executive Director/Founder
SASHA Center, INC.

  The SASHA Center -- Sexual Assault Services for Holistic Healing and Awareness -- and DETROIT VS. EVERYBODY, LLC have joined together to raise awareness and funds to assist sexual assault survivors during April which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

A special addition DETROIT VS. EVERYBODY, LLC t-shirt in the color of TEAL will be sold for the entire month of April with a portion of the proceeds going directly to the SASHA Center, a sexual assault peer education support group agency assisting survivors in the Detroit Metropolitan area.  

Also, join us on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 6-9pm at Marygrove College in Alumni Hall of the Madame Cadillac Building wearing your special edition DETROIT VS. EVERYBODY TEAL t-shirt in support of survivors everywhere for the 9th Annual Take Back the Night-Detroit event acknowledging the strength of survivors of sexual assault.  This event is where we share together our similar experiences but also encourage healing for those who have been impacted by this crime.  There will be a live DJ, a March, the Healing Tent and the Wall of Hope live art project and free food at the event (while supplies last). Admission is FREE!  

This collaboration with DETROIT VS. EVERYBODY, LLC will provide an opportunity for supporters of survivors, survivors, community members, students, leaders, and organizations to show support and start a conversation! Together we would like to eradicate all forms of sexual assault and SASHA Center invites the public to join the conversation and be a part of a movement to assist survivors during Sexual Assault Awareness Month! 

Together SASHA Center and DETROIT VS. EVERYBODY, LLC are sending the message that all survivors are valued and deserve healing.  Together we know that healing is possible and your support through the purchase of the DETROIT VS. EVERYBODY, LLC teal t-shirt will help the SASHA Center carry out its mission of assisting survivors of sexual assault. We appreciate your support!


This special addition teal shirt will be in all DVE stores April 4, 2017!
Healing is Possible!


Sasha/DIA Partnership Spring 2017 Artmaking Classes at the DIA

Stop The Rapes: A Community Dialogue for Awareness, Prevention and Protection

SASHA Center saying a big THANK YOU!!!!:
$1 Million in Radiothon Funds Distributed to
20 Charities

Mar 21, 2017 | Dream Scholars, News + Updates, S.A.Y. Detroit, S.A.Y. Detroit Play, SAY Detroit Clinic, Working Homes/Working Families Representatives from 20 area charities accepted checks totaling more than $1 million on Tuesday from donations raised at Mitch Albom’s fifth annual S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon last December. The ceremony at the Fisher Building included several first-time beneficiaries, including the Bing Youth Institute — a mentoring program for urban youth created by former Detroit Mayor and NBA legend Dave Bing. Albom, who founded S.A.Y. Detroit in 2006, presented the checks to the benefiting charities with Dr. Chad Audi, president of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, along with representatives of several major donor organizations. (more…)


Stop The Rapes: A Community Dialogue for Awareness, Prevention and Protection

Sasha/DIA Partnership Spring 2017 Artmaking Classes at the DIA

In celebration of Juneteenth 2017 SASHA Center cordially invites you to join us for HERStory: Celebrating Our Roots


Healing Is Possible Series