Symposium Program

*The Symposium will include a mix of pre-recorded panels & individual presentations, along with live discussion groups in three time-zones (for the Americas, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region). Each day's panels & profiles will be made available to registered attendees beginning at 12:00 AM GMT, for them to view at their convenience. Attendees can select their preferred discussion group time-slot during registration. 

April 8

Live Session Discussion Group Topic:

Perspectives on Religious, Cultural, and Social Barriers to Addressing Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Healing

Welcome, Invocations, Blessings & Reflections from Survivors on the Healing Journey

Challenges and Opportunities for

Preventing and Healing Child Sexual Abuse

The Reverend, Dr. Denis Mukwege, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate,

President, Mukwege Foundation


  • Benyam Dawit Mezmur, LLD, United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child
  • Mustafa Yusuf Ali, PhD, Secretary General, Global Network of Religions for Children
  • Melissa Merrick, PhD, President and CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America
  • Michael Wessells, PhD, Program on Forced Migration and Health, Columbia University

The Importance of Faith Leaders in Preventing and Healing Child Sexual Abuse

  • Rev. Russell Moore, PhD, President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention
  • Anindita Chatterjee Bhaumik, LICSW, LCSW, CCTP, Director, Boston Evening Therapy Associates
  • Sheikh Ibrahim Lethome, Secretary General, Centre for Sustainable Conflict Resolution, and Legal Advisor, Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims

The Role of Faith Leaders in Preventing and   Healing Child Sexual Abuse

  • Rabbi Diana Gerson, Associate Executive Vice President, The New York Board of Rabbis
  • Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, S.T.D., Archdiocese of Chicago
  • Dhammananda Bhikkuni, Abbess, Songdhammakalyani Temple, Thailand

Profiles and Perspectives on Preventing and Healing Child Sexual Abuse

  • Massimo Faggioli, PhD, Professor of Historical Theology, Villanova University
  • Warren Kinghorn, MD, ThD, Co-Director, The Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative, Duke University Divinity School
  • Praveen Gomez, Head of Programmes and Strategy, Alliance Development Trust
  • Rev. Ismaila Awudu, PhD(c), Resident Pastor, ICGC Yahweh Temple, Accra, Ghana
  • Laura Bramon Hassan, Director of International Programs, Chesterton Society
  • Phil Green, Global Partnerships Lead, World Without Orphans
  • Rachel Miner, Founder and President, Bellwether International

April 9

Live Discussion Group Topics:

  • Identify 2-3 Strategies your Community can Implement to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse in the Next Year
  • Identify 2-3 Key Strategies your Community can Implement to Promote Healing for Those Impacted by Child Sexual Abuse in the Next Year

Global Efforts to Address Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Healing

  • Najat Maalla Majid, MD, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children
  • Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, President, European Federation for Missing and Exploited Children, and former Special Rapporteur on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children
  • Cornelius Williams, Associate Director & Global Chief of Child Protection, Programme Division, UNICEF
  • Alex Butchart, PhD, Prevention of Violence Coordinator, World Health Organization

Current State, Issues, and Policy Development for Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

  • Daniela Ligiero, Executive Director and CEO, Together for Girls
  • Andres Villaveces, MD, MPH, PhD, Senior Scientist, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Gretchen Bachman, Senior Technical Advisor for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy (OGAC/PEPFAR)
  • Janet Saul, PhD, Director of Gender Programming, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy (OGAC/PEPFAR)

Impact of Child Sexual Abuse  on Survivors’ Physical & Mental Health, Spirituality, and Wellbeing

  • Katie McLaughlin, PhD, Director, Stress and Development Lab at Harvard University
  • Ashley Cook, Survivor, and Director of Partnerships, Darkness to Light
  • Msgr. Stephen Rosetti, D.Min, PhD., Associate Professor, The Catholic University of America
  • Imam Khalid Latif, Executive Director, and Chaplain, Islamic Center at New York University

Profiles and Perspectives on Preventing and Healing Child Sexual Abuse

  • · Thomas Tharayil, LCSW, BCD, Director, Office of Assistance Ministry, Chicago Archdiocese
  • Nabah Ikram, Board Member, Pillars of Peace
  • Pete Singer, MSW, LICSW, Executive Director, Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment
  • Khadijah Abdullah, Executive Director, RAHMA
  • Adam A.J. Deville, PhD, University of St. Francis
  • Willem Cornelis (Wilco) de Vries, ThD(c), Duke University

April 10

Live Discussion Group Topics:

  • Identify 2-3 Key Actions your Organization or Religious or Faith Institution can Implement to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse in the Next Year
  • Providing Culturally Sensitive Spiritual Care and Psychosocial Support to Individuals Impacted by Child Sexual Abuse: Next Steps

Religion, Faith, and Flourishing for Those Impacted By Child Sexual Abuse

  • Tyler VanderWeele, PhD, Director, Human Flourishing Program at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science’s
  • Katelyn Brewer, President & CEO, Darkness to Light
  • Hans Zollner, S.J. President, The Centre for Child Protection
  • Gerard McGlone S.J., PhD, Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center, Georgetown University

Managing Urgent and Emerging Challenges Related to Digital Safety and the Global Pandemic

  • Julie Inman-Grant, Australian eSafety Commissioner
  • Iain Drennan, Executive Director, WePROTECT Global Alliance
  • Lisa L. Thompson, Vice President and Director, Research Institute, National Center on Sexual Exploitation
  • Susan Hillis, PhD, Senior Advisor, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Community and Faith-based Engagement for Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

  • Kerida McDonald, PhD, Senior Advisor, Communication for Development, UNICEF
  • Chandan Z Gomes, Senior Director of Operations, World Vision Bangladesh
  • Shabira Nupur, Director, International Rescue Committee Bangladesh
  • Alexia Kelley, President and CEO, FADICA
  • Fr. Richard Bauer, MM, BCC, LCSW, Director Spiritual and Psychosocial Support, EDARP

Facilitating Resilience, and Healing for Those Impacted by Child Sexual Abuse

  • The Most Reverend Bishop Julio Murray, Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Central America, Bishop of Panama
  • Justice Janine Geske, Wisconsin Supreme Court (retired)
  • Jacqueline Isaac, Vice President, Roads of Success
  • Fulata Moyo, PhD, Community Voices in Peace and Pluralism in Africa

Summary and Next Steps

Susan Bissell, PhD and Jennifer Wortham, Dr PH, Harvard University


The Rev. Darrell L. Armstrong, D. Div. (Honorary), M.Div., Ed.S.-MFT, The Shiloh Baptist Church