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Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

Register now to attend the Summer Institute Course, 330.647.11 Childhood Victimization: An Overview of Public Health Efforts, taking place Thursday, June 7 at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. This all-day course is designed for students, researchers and professionals who work with child sexual abuse victims or offenders but is open to anyone interested in knowing more about prevention.

This course will provide insight into public health strategies used to address child sexual abuse detection and prevention, victim treatment and offender interventions. Students will analyze current approaches to child sexual victimization, detection and prevention with a focus on understanding the limitations of formal social responses. Finally, Dr. Letourneau will introduce new approaches in perpetrator-focused primary prevention.

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On Thursday, April 19, during the Moore Center’s annual symposium on child sexual abuse prevention, we held our third annual student poster competition that featured research on all aspects of child maltreatment, including child sexual abuse, child physical abuse and neglect, bullying, peer-on-peer harassment and prevention policy and practice.

The purpose of the poster competition is to give students in the field of violence prevention and child maltreatment the opportunity to explore a research topic, gain experience presenting their research and network with other students and professionals.

Student Poster WinnerOur first-place winner was Abhery Das, a MHS candidate in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her poster, A Review of American Indian/Alaska Native Youth Suicide Prevention Programs in the United States presented statistics, risk factors and other data on protecting native children from abuse.

Student Poster Winner 2Our second-place winner was Ann Marie Gustafson, who is also a MHS candidate in the School’s Department of Public Health and is pursuing an MD at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Her poster, Drug Testing for Children Experiencing Suspected Neglect, outlined research on the use of drug screening to identify possible neglect and drug abuse by caretakers. The Baltimore County Department of Health is currently screening children with the aim of guiding policy for child welfare.

Both women were awarded cash prizes during the symposium.

The Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse partnered with SCCAN, the Maryland State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, to draft bills that would help protect children from sexual abuse at school. Both bills made it out of the Ways and Means Committee this week.

These bills (HB 1072 and HB 1571) would require the county board of education to fund child sexual abuse prevention training for employees and require new applicants provide more detailed background information before they can be hired. HB 1072 would require annual training on the prevention, identification and reporting of child sexual abuse; authorizing the instruction and training to include information to help employees recognize and respond to incidents of sexual misconduct.

Maryland Delegate C.T. Wilson, who championed these bills, will be our keynote speaker at our annual symposium on Thursday, April 19. Register here.

Be sure to watch this remarkable debate on abolishing the sex offender registry hosted by the Reason Foundation. The debate was part of Reason’s Soho Forum, which organizes debates that asks audience members to vote for the most compelling argument. The debate took place February 12, 2018 at the Subculture Theater in Manhattan.

The debaters were Emily Horowitz, chair of the sociology and criminal justice department at St. Francis College, who supports abolishing the registry, and Marci Hamilton, CEO and academic director at Child USA, an interdisciplinary think tank to prevent child abuse and neglect, who argued for the registry.

Don’t have time to watch? Here’s a great recap by journalist Steven Yoder.