Forum on Public Faith: Sexual Assault

Sunday, March 25th

Ballet Austin: City View Lounge
501 W 3rd St.
Austin, TX 78701
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Recent Hollywood scandals and the #MeToo movement have pushed the issue of sexual assault into public consciousness. How should we respond? Can the church be a safe place for survivors? What does it look like for a survivor to recover? How does the gospel of Christ offer a unique and distinct hope in the midst of sexual brokenness? Join us for a Public Faith Forum on Sexual Assault.

The Forum on Public Faith exists to help us think as Christians about issues of public concern. Past forums have addressed a variety of issues including poverty, bioethics, refugees, and organ donation. Content from past forums can be found at

Forum Speakers:

Shanda Anderson, LPC-S from the Austin Stone Counseling Center

Shanda received a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of North Texas in 2004. She has been LPC certified since June 2006 and is committed to helping those who are suffering and seeking guidance as they live in a broken and fallen world. Her hearts desire is to walk with women through their trials and, by God’s grace, to see their lives transformed by a growing love, hope, and faith in Jesus Christ. Shanda has experience working with depression, anxiety/stress, addiction, abuse, sexual brokenness, grief/loss, self-injury, relationship issues, shame/guilt, eating disorders/body image, along with specific training in bio-feedback to help those facing chronic pain. She is also a member of the Association of Biblical Counselors and is a Licensed Supervisor.

Jessie Wells, LMSW from the Austin Stone Counseling Center

Jessie received her Masters in Mental Health based Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has previous clinical experience at a Clubhouse, a strengths-based program for individuals with mental illness, at the Victim Intervention and Rape Crisis Center at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, and with a number of trafficking and trauma relief organizations. With an emphasis on both Christian and research-based clinical practice, Jessie is passionate about addressing the social, psychological, biological, and spiritual aspect of each client she works with. She believes that it is in the context of relationship that change, wholeness, and life happen.