A faith-based approach to ending sexual abuse in the church.

JUNE 17, 2023
@ Misona, San Francisco + Streaming Live on Zoom

1 in 3 women are survivors of sexual abuse worldwide.

That means that one-third of the women you know and love may have been abused. Sexual abuse is a devastating crime that can have a lasting impact on survivors. It can cause physical and emotional pain, and it can make it difficult for survivors to trust others and feel safe—especially in the church. But there is hope. Christian churches and organizations play a vital role in supporting survivors and preventing sexual abuse. By working together, we can create a world where everyone is safe from sexual violence. This hybrid event will equip Christian leaders with the tools and resources they need to promote safety in their churches and organizations. Hearing from a panelist of renowned survivor-leaders, we will learn about effective and honoring ways to support survivors and prevent abuse. We will also have the opportunity to network with other Christian leaders committed to ending sexual violence.

 If you are a Christian leader, we urge you to join us for this transformative event. 
Together, we can make a difference in the lives of survivors and redeem our sanctuaries as places of safety for all.



A former assistant to Harvey Weinstein, Rowena left the film industry after suffering sexual assault in 1998. Rowena is a media & telecommunications specialist, with 5 years in industry and 5 in management consulting. She currently works on media & telecommunications policy & strategy for the developing world (predominantly Africa & Asia) at the World Bank in Washington DC. 

jean nangwala

Jean Nangwala is a singer, speaker, creator and survivor-advocate. 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 loves using music and dance to inspire others to find liberation through their art. Jean will also be performing new music at this event.

Irene has over 29 years of experience working with and leading youth, young adults, leaders, and families. She speaks nationally and internationally, has written numerous curricula, consults for churches and organizations on engaging youth, youth culture, community development, and racial justice issues, and is an advisor for many organizational boards.

the worship leaders

Jean Nangwala is a singer-songwriter who inspires joy and celebration through the beauty of her Zambian culture. Bridging together an Afrocentric sound from an international perspective, her unique voice brings awareness to the diverse stories of African women. Her unique sound is an experiential journey—a bridge between cultures, a balm healing life’s pain, a remedy of hope and possibility. With themes inspired by self-love and celebration, justice and enlightenment, strength and beauty, pain and joy, Jean’s authentic and transcendent voice forges a new pathway.  Follow her.

Julien Saquing is the son of two professional musicians. He built his artistic foundation at Academy of Art University, studying Commercial & Editorial Photography. Learning creative process, he then decided to pursue creative work full-time. Since then, he’s helped build brands, manage creative & production teams, organize conferences, direct short films, craft set designs, produce albums, and strategize marketing campaigns. He finds joy in helping people find their voice, and tell their story in a unique and powerful way. Follow him. 

the hosts

Freely In Hope
bigad shaban

Bigad Shaban is an award-winning investigative reporter for NBC Bay Area. Bigad has been recognized for his work by several news organizations, including the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Louisiana Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Associated Press, and the Iowa Broadcast News Association.

Nikole Lim is a speaker, educator, and author of the book, Liberation is Here. As the Founder and International Director of Freely in Hope, Nikole teaches organizations, corporations, and academic institutions on best practices for survivor care and anti-sexual violence policy. She is currently a student of Embodied Psychotherapy and Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science.

join us!

This event is for Christian leaders who are passionate about ending sexual abuse. If you want to learn more about this important issue and take action to make a difference, register today! At this event, you will…

  • Learn from survivor-leaders sharing best practices in survivor care.
  • Network with other Christian leaders who are committed to ending sexual violence.
  • Gain the tools and resources you need to implement effective prevention strategies in your own church or organization.

Here’s a few more details:

  • The event will be held on June 17 from 4-6 PM. Doors open at 3:30 PM.
  • The event will be held at Misona, San Francisco (seating is limited), and we’ll also be streaming it on Zoom to promote accessibility worldwide.
  • The event is open to all faith leaders, emphasizing faith leaders working in Christian spaces, churches, and organizations.
  • Your ticket will include free digital resources from our sponsors that will help you promote survivor care and anti-sexual violence practices in your community. This includes access to videos, sermons, curriculum, podcasts, and other learning materials to support your leadership in Christian ministry.


 Sponsorship of our event is an opportunity to take a public stance against sexual abuse and be recognized for this commitment through valuable brand and content placements. Your support of this event brings increased awareness to survivor-led interventions and solutions for establishing safety in faith- based communities, demonstrating leadership on these imperative issues. Learn more about sponsoring by contacting: nikole@freelyinhope.org

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resources for faith leaders

bible study guide

Facilitate a series of healing conversations between survivors of sexual violence and advocates for survivors. Use this guide to curate conversations to provide a shared under-standing of the survivor’s experience within your church.

liberation is here

Liberation Is Here is the story of Nikole Lim’s journey as an idealistic freelance filmmaker. Her career allowed her to step in and out of the lives of people who had experienced oppression around the world. Learn more.

holistic health poster series

Download our “Holistic Health for Survivors of Sexual Assault” poster series and put them on your office walls as a reminder of ways to support survivors in your community. Learn 4 Ways to Promote Holistic Health. 

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