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Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

 

Bruce Taylor, PhD, senior fellow at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago and co-developer of Shifting Boundaries speaks about youth intimate partner violence at the 2017 Child Sexual Abuse: A Public Health Perspective symposium at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Watch more videos from our symposium here.

We’ve had an incredibly busy year and believe 2017 may be the most impactful one yet. We've been working very hard to fulfill our mission to produce high quality research and develop, evaluate and disseminate proven prevention programs so that children can grow up without experiencing child sexual abuse. Here are four big updates from the year so far:

  1. This fall, Dr. Letourneau's TEDMED talk will be released and available to the public. In her talk, she discusses the Center’s public health approach to preventing­ child abuse before it happens, which includes the need for federal funding for research so that we can better target populations at-risk of child sexual abuse and make our communities safer for children. Look for more communications about the TEDMED talk later this summer.
  2. Our symposium last spring was a terrific success. We were honored to have Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels, JD, give opening remarks and introduce our keynote speaker, Dr. Patrick McCarthy, president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, who generously awarded the Center $100,000 to support our mission. We will continue to provide information, resources and evidence to our child sexual abuse prevention partners at our 2018 symposium and grow this coalition of organizations, agencies, government entities and private therapists working together on the prevention of child sexual abuse.
  3. Related to the topic of registries, recent results from of our latest policy research (to be published this fall) found that children under age 18 required to register as sex offenders are clearly harmed by this policy. I believe these findings support efforts to end juvenile registration. Look for more communications from the Center highlighting the importance of this study.
  4. Finally, the Moore Center gained two new staff members, Dr. Reshmi Nair and Mr. Marcus Nole. Reshmi is our data analyst. Marcus is our research program assistant who will facilitate middle school student groups to learn about responsible behaviors with younger children in a pilot research program launching this fall. We will continue to collaborate with Dr. Ryan Shields, our former associate director, who has taken a position at the UMass Lowell. His leadership and thoughtful approach to conducting high quality research was an incredible asset to our team. We will also miss Ms. Cierra Buckman, senior research coordinator, who has taken a research position in North Carolina.

We believe that child sexual abuse is preventable, not inevitable. Please donate to our Center’s research that seeks to end child sexual abuse by preventing it in the first place.

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  1. Select “Other” beside the “Please designate my gift to support” section
  2. Type “Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse” in the field

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Dr. Reshmi NairDr. Reshmi Nair is a data analyst at the Moore Center who recently joined our growing research team. Reshmi manages data for our research projects and conducts statistical analysis to help us answer questions about child sexual abuse prevention. Her job is critical to the Moore Center, as we rely on her ability to certify that data standards are developed and maintained.

Reshmi understands the challenge of working with complex data sets and the importance of ensuring the accuracy of our findings  “I enjoy working and engaging on challenging projects. It stimulates my imagination and thinking process. Collaborating with others is an empowering way to learn. The desire to learn and improve motivates me to work hard,” says Reshmi.

Before moving to Baltimore and joining the Moore Center, Reshmi received her doctoral degree in mathematics from the University of Wyoming.

So far Reshmi has learned a lot at the Moore Center, not just about our research projects developing primary prevention interventions targeted to at-risk children and families, but also about policies, including sex offender registration and notification, and how they affect communities.

“The extent to which these policies negatively impact individuals, especially youth, and their families has been particularly surprising to me,” says Reshmi.

Reshmi came to the U.S. from Kerala, a southern state in India but spent her childhood in Chandigarh, which is a beautiful city situated in north India at the foothills of the Himalayas. When she’s not at work, she likes to experiment in the kitchen as well as cook some of her family’s favorite foods. When she visits family back home in India, she makes a point to enjoy the local cuisines.

For more information about our team, please visit our staff page.

Elizabeth Letourneau, PhD, director of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse speaks about the effects of juvenile sex offender registration on child well-being at the 2017 Child Sexual Abuse: A Public Health Perspective symposium at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Watch more videos from our symposium here.

Dean Klag, Elizabeth Letourneau, Mrs. Moore, Dr, MooreOn May 31, 2017, Stephen Moore, M.D. was awarded the Founding Dean’s Medallion for his commitment to improving public health. The medallion is given to those who have made an important impact in the field of public health. Read more.

The Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse was founded in 2012 with a generous gift from the Moore family, who courageously decided to fund a research center that would create, through rigorous science, a public health approach to preventing child sexual abuse.

The Moore family purposefully “seated” this Center within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As a leading international authority on public health, the School works to keep millions around the world safe from violence, illness and injury by pioneering new research, deploying its knowledge and expertise in the field and educating tomorrow’s scientists and practitioners in the global defense of human life.