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Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

Education and Outreach

When you know better, you do better.

— Maya Angelou

Faculty at the Moore Center teach an elective, graduate-level course on childhood victimization as well as a one-day summer institute course.  These courses are offered through the Department of Mental Health. Faculty also lecture in other courses at the Bloomberg School and actively participate in seminars, conference presentations, and continuing education programs for medical and public health professionals.


Childhood Victimization: A Public Health Perspective
Dr. Elizabeth Letourneau
Fourth Term (3 credits)

This course focuses on public health strategies used to address three related domains: Child sexual abuse detection and prevention, treating victims, and offender interventions. It challenges students to critique current approaches to child sexual victimization detection and intervention using the Penn State sex abuse scandal as a case study. It focuses particularly on the limitations of formal social responses to child sexual assault, which primarily exist in the criminal justice arena. As an alternative, the course also introduces emerging approaches in perpetrator-focused primary prevention.

Childhood Victimization: A Public Health Perspective
Drs. Elizabeth Letourneau and Ryan Shields
Summer Institute, June

Drs. Elizabeth Letourneau and Ryan Shields developed a one-day summer institute course that is open to everyone including working professionals and students and covers many of the same topics that the graduate course covers, all in one day.

Symposia and Seminars 

The Moore Center hosts and participates in a variety of lectures and scientific symposia at the Bloomberg School and other academic institutions and professional conferences. Visit our 2015 symposium page for more information.