MSW Student Association Holds Panel Discussion

WILMORE, Ky. — The Master of Social Work Student Association at Asbury University, in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Kentucky, is sponsoring a panel discussion on sexual assault on March 23 (6 p.m. in the Morrison Bennett-Bernard auditorium on campus). All students, faculty, staff and the general public are welcome.

The expert panel includes Sharon Bryson, Director of Field Education at Asbury University.
The expert panel includes Sharon Bryson, Director of Field Education at Asbury University.

The panel speakers will be: Leeann Hayslett (MSW, Director of the Jessamine County Outreach Office of Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center); Lee Ellis (LCSW, therapist and educator from Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center); Sharon Bryson (LCSW, Director of Field Education at Asbury University); and Dr. Janet Dean (licensed psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at Asbury University and former counselor at the University counseling center).

The focus of the panel discussion will be on what is sexual assault, the myths surrounding sexual violence, information on issues related to sexual violence, what services and procedures are available at Asbury and how our faith impacts this issue.

“We are very excited about the chance to offer this event and appreciate any prayers on behalf of the presenters, getting the word out, good attendance from not only the MSW program but from undergraduate populations, and for this offering to be of benefit to this community,” said Asbury University MSW student Charlotte Easley. “Our prayer also is that this event glorifies God and provides His children with resources and options for healing and wholeness through information for themselves and for the community.”

Concluding the panel discussion, there will be a question-and-answer session and all will be invited to attend a candlelight prayer offering. A safe room will be quietly available during the evening for anyone who needs to speak to someone privately.

Events leading up to the panel include having resource materials available to students in several locations on campus, and a visual display on campus grounds representative of the statistical possibilities of sexual assault victims at Asbury.

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