With just a couple weeks left until the big event, we’re still chatting with our Sweet Peach Soiree panelists.
Enjoy our Q&A with the deeply intuitive Bah’Dori Oyanna below !
Rising Phonix Abuse Recovery Coaching: Tell us about your work in women’s sexual health and wellness.
Bah’Dori: My work with women, as it pertains to sexual health and wellness, is self-care focused with intimacy workshops and seminars on herbal remedies and energy medicine to assist in connecting and healing our divine feminine and sacred yoni energy. I also provide women with various holistic treatments and services that invoke healing from within through spiritual alignment, Reiki and Yoni Herbal Healing.
RPARC: Recently, there has been more attention given to intimate partner violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. Do you feel that enough is being done to address these issues?
Bah’Dori: From my experience with relationship coaching and spiritual counseling of Queer Women of Color in Same-Gender Loving (SGL), relationships there are definitely not enough resources or education in our communities on intimate partner violence awareness, preventative measures or appropriate aftercare.
RPARC: What kinds of resources for survivors would you like to see more of?
Bah’Dori: I would love to see more social and civil service workers, and trained community and spiritual leaders, who can address the various, unique needs of SGL relationships — specifically, how to communicate and address our needs with compassion and respect.
RPARC: Social media and the internet seem to be a double-edged sword for abuse issues. On one hand they can be powerful tools for raising awareness and addressing concerns. Yet, at the same time, they can be used as a weapon — as seen in the recent cyber-attacks on comedian Leslie Jones. Do you think online technology plays a mostly-positive or mostly-negative role for survivors?
Bah’Dori: I agree social media can be double-edged sword when it comes to those who are healing from sexual trauma and intimate partner violence. It can definitely be a tool to connect to resources that we may not have a presence in our physical communities. It can also be a weapon that triggers those who share messages and videos sensationalizing abuse and violent behavior toward the LGBTQ community, Women and children.
RPARC: Finally, as a panelist for The 2016 Sweet Peach Soirée, what do you most want the audience to take away from the panel discussion?
Bah’Dori: I would like the audience to have a better understanding of how to empower themselves with information; that they have options when it comes to self-care and healing; and that the right path is the one they are most comfortable with and represents their unique ideals and core values. I also want them to know that safe spaces have been created just for them that are healing and affirming to the Whole of who they are.
Come meet Bah’Dori Oyanna and hear speak
on our panel at The 2016 Sweet Peach Soiree!