Engaging Sexual Violence Resources

Nikole Lim

In a nationally representative survey of adults: Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men reported experiencing rape at some time in their lives. The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 4.5 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation globally. What can we do to help end sexual violence?

On Wed, March 9th, Roots held a workshop with Nikole Lim, co-founder of Freely in Hope, to learn how ordinary people can join the struggle against sexual violence around the world as well as in our own communities. We learned some practical ways we can respond to people’s stories of sexual violence with compassion and love. We also heard stories of some of the women Nikole has worked with in Zambia and Kenya. Here’s a video featuring some of the women Freely in Hope works with:

Our Dreams from Freely in Hope on Vimeo.

Many different resources for ongoing learning and support were shared during the workshop. We wanted to share them here so we can all have access to them. If you have questions about any of this or need help getting connected to resources, feel free to contact Naomi at naomi@rootscov.org.

Hotlines to Save in Your Phone:

National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673)

National Human Trafficking Hotline888-373-7888

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

Infographic: Violence Against Women (from UN Women)


Local Organizations

Breaking Free: A local nonprofit that provides direct services to victims and survivors of prostitution and sex trafficking

Advocates for Human Rights: A local nonprofit organization that creates and maintains lasting, comprehensive, and holistic change on a local, national, and global scale. Volunteers, partners, supporters, board members, and staff implement international human rights standards to promote civil society and reinforce the rule of law.

Minnesota Girls Are Not for Sale: MN Girls Are Not For Sale is a five-year campaign of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota to galvanize resources to end the sex trafficking of Minnesota girls.

Domestic Abuse Project: A local organization that works to stop and prevent domestic violence as well as provide services to victims. If you need help or want to get connected to resources, call: 623-874-7063

Christians for Biblical Equality: CBE exists to promote biblical justice and community by educating Christians that the Bible calls women and men to share authority equally in service and leadership in the home, church, and world. Their work contributes to ending the cycle of sexual violence by addressing the root cause for many–patriarchy rooted in the misuse of Scripture.


What To Say and What Not To Say to Survivors:

“I Am A Human Trafficking Survivor & Here’s What I Want To Ask Christian Activists:”

9 Things You Should Never Say to a Rape Victim, Marie Claire

Help Someone You Care About, RAINN

How to Respond to a Survivor, RAINN

Graphics on the oppression surrounding survivors and their holistic needs:

Power and Control wheel

Understanding Holistic Needs of survivors

Additional Articles:

Understanding Pimps and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

‘Bring Me The Girl’: Why ‘The Revenant’ was Hard for My Friends and Me, Sasha LaPointe


Water, Deepa Mehta

Warrior Marks

Black and Blue Bible, Black and Blue Wife: My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse by Ruth A. Tucker
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Counseling: We are thankful that Tiffany Ogden, a local therapist, was with us for the workshop. If you are a survivor of sexual violence and want someone to talk to, feel free to get in touch with Tiffany: tiffany@firstteptoday.com or 651-332-0926.


I am so thankful for the Roots folks who participated in this workshop. As Nikole said on Wednesday, the church has a vital role to play in ending the cycle of sexual violence. We can look to Jesus as an example of someone who stood up for vulnerable women and honored their inherent dignity and worth. One of the best things we can do as a church community to prevent sexual violence is by developing relationships with one another and creating an inclusive community. This workshop was a good starting point. I know the conversation will continue.

If you know of other local resources, articles, or books you would recommend on the topic of engaging sexual violence, please share them with us in the comments!
-Naomi Krueger


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