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From Silencing to Uplifting Survivors

From Silencing to Uplifting Survivors

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From Silencing to Uplifting Survivors of Sexual Violence is a a faith-based approach to promoting safety, healing, and advocacy for women and survivors of sexual violence. The purpose of this Bible Study guide is to facilitate a series of healing conversations between survivors of sexual violence and advocates for survivors. We hope that you will use this guide to curate conversations among leadership and members to provide a shared understanding of the survivor’s experience and stronger protection policies within your church, organization, or community.

Through the story of the woman caught in adultery in John 8:2-11, we will explore the ways Jesus dismantles systems of violence to create a safe space for the woman.

The guide follows 5 phases with Biblical application and practical uses to adapt to your faith community:
  • Believe Survivors
  • Listen Empathetically
  • Unlearn Abuse
  • Establish Safety
  • Speak Out
Nikole Lim is a speaker, educator, and author of the book, Liberation is Here. Nikole shifts paradigms on how stories are told by platforming voices of the oppressed–sharing stories of beauty arising out of seemingly broken situations. Her heart beats for young women whose voices are silenced by oppression and she desires to see every person realize the transformative power of their own story. As the Founder and International Director of Freely in Hope, Nikole has been deeply transformed by the powerful, tenacious, and awe-inspiring examples of survivors. Their audacious dreams have informed her philosophy for a survivor-led approach to community transformation. Nikole graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and a master’s in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is a student in Embodied Contemplative Psychotherapy through the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science. She is a native of the Bay Area and can often be found buying African fabric on the streets of Nairobi.

Jean Nangwala is a singer, speaker, survivor-advocate, and creative content producer. She was born and raised in Lusaka, Zambia. Her passion for social justice stems from her personal experience of injustice and witnessing the same inequality across the globe. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a minor in Media Studies. During her undergraduate studies, Jean volunteered with a juvenile facility in Cape Town, survivors of sexual violence in Nairobi, and creatives using art for community transformation in Barcelona. She has also worked with The Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission in New York City. Partnering to End Human Trafficking in Connecticut and is currently working as the Lead Storyteller for Freely in Hope located in the Bay Area. Through her experiences, she has witnessed the gravity that broken systems can have on the lives of the vulnerable. Her passion is empowering women to come together and alleviate systems that perpetuate social injustice. She loves using art to inspire others to find liberation. To learn more, check out her YouTube Channel, Tales of a Black Girl.
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