Penn State Justice Center for Research and Penn State Outreach announced on October 22 that they will convene some of the nation’s top experts in child sexual abuse and child trauma research, prevention, and treatment for a public forum on this nationwide problem.
The conference will also feature discussions with American boxing icon and Olympic gold medalist Sugar Ray Leonard and child protection advocate Elizabeth Smart, both of whom suffered sexual abuse as children. Penn State President Rodney Erickson will deliver opening and closing remarks at the event.
The conference will address a variety of topics, including the traumatic impact of child sexual abuse, evidence-based methods of treatment and prevention, characteristics of pedophiles including their use of the Internet as a gateway for child sexual abuse, and the legal issues involved in a child abuse investigation. On Sunday, October 28, Penn State will also convene survivors of child sexual abuse for a free public forum. The Sunday night event will take place at Eisenhower Auditorium on Penn State’s University Park campus.
Partnering on the conference are the Penn State Hershey Center for the Protection of Children, Child Study Center, Prevention Research Center, and the Penn State Center for Children and the Law. Other participating organizations include the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Child Sexual Abuse Conference: Traumatic Impact, Prevention, and Intervention
- Rodney Erickson, President, Penn State University
- Sugar Ray Leonard, American boxer and Olympic gold medalist
- Elizabeth Smart, Child Protection Advocate
- Nationally recognized experts in the field of child sexual abuse and child trauma
- Monday, October 29, 2012, 8:30 AM – 4:15 PM
- Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 8:30 AM – 3:45 PM
The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA 16803 (814) 863-5000
Many of the conference sessions will be streamed live on Protect Children and a complete agenda and list of speakers is available HERE.
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