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Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, during our fifth annual symposium on child sexual abuse prevention, held at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, our keynote speaker, Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, pledged to donate $100,000 to support our Center operations and research.

Patrick McCarthy, President and CEO, Annie E. Casey Foundation

This gift was unexpected and our team was moved by the sentiment that it conveyed – that McCarthy not only believed in our mission, but also felt strongly about investing in the idea that child sexual abuse can be prevented.

“The generosity of individual donors is critical…but we also need public policy makers who are willing to invest public funds in solving this public health problem because that is the scale of investment that we need,” McCarthy said.

We couldn’t agree more that we need both individual donors as well as public funds to address child sexual abuse, and we’re very thankful to have the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation to help us develop universal, evidence-based prevention programs and reverse policies that cause harm.

Watch McCarthy’s keynote address as well as other speakers from our April symposium.

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Childhood Victimization: An Overview of Public Health Efforts (330.647.11)
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
8:30 am to 5 pm
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

This one-day class examines childhood victimization from a public health perspective and familiarizes students with public health strategies used to address three related domains: detection and prevention, treating victims and offender interventions. This class challenges students to critically examine policy and practice using cases such as the Penn State sex abuse scandal. Small group break-out sessions help familiarize students with the public health approach to violence prevention.

This class is open to Johns Hopkins students as well as working professionals. The deadline to register is Monday, May 29 at 11:59 pm.

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iStockAt this year's child sexual abuse symposium on Thursday, April 27 at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Heath, Geoff Kahn, MSPH, Department of Mental Health, will present evidence that forcing children to register as sex offenders does nothing to make communities safer. Read more about this study in our latest Psychology Today column.

Kahn will go over the findings from a six-state study that supports mounting evidence that registering children is costly for states and ineffective. Find out more at our lunch and learn presenation at this year's child sexual abuse prevention symposium. Tickets are going fast!


Don't miss a FREE screening of "Untouchable," a powerful documentary that interweaves portraits of men and women who have been branded sex offenders with the experiences of victims of child sexual abuse. This film will be shown as part of Thursday's symposium. 

Director David Feige joins our panel discussion moderated by Dr. Fred Berlin, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Online registration will close Monday, April 24, 2017 at 5 pm. Onsite registration will be available on a first-come, first serve basis.

To observe National Child Abuse Prevention month in April, organizations across the country plan events to bring awareness to child sexual abuse prevention. In one Maryland city, residents placed 500 blue pinwheels in public areas to represent the number of child abuse cases that were reported according to the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office last year, a county whose population is only 100,000 according to recent census data. Of those 500 cases of child abuse, 80 of them were child sexual abuse cases.

Imagine if those children had not been abused, but had suffered from measles or malaria. Would there be public support to help these children and prevent others from becoming ill?

If there were a preventable disease that affected as many as one in four girls and one in six boys under the age of 18, imagine how many community leaders, organizations and citizens would feel compelled to act to stop it. Would it be considered an epidemic worthy of attention and research?

Let’s begin viewing child sexual abuse as something that can be prevented rather than addressing it after harm has occurred. Let’s start treating it as the public health concern it is, just as we’ve done with polio.

Learn more about the importance of child sexual abuse prevention by attending our free symposium on Thursday, April 27.

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What: Child Sexual Abuse: A Public Health Perspective Symposium
When: Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
              615 North Wolfe Street
              Sheldon Hall (W1214)
              Baltimore, MD 21205

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