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Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

Date: Jan 2015

Help WantedFrom a quick scan of headlines related to child sexual abuse, it’s clear that the public often thinks about sexual abuse perpetrators as monsters. Perhaps it’s easier to think of them as inhuman and to think of child sexual abuse as inevitable rather than believe that these crimes are 100 percent preventable. (I wrote about this “monster frame” in an earlier blog where I reviewed Channel 4’s recent documentary “The Pedophile Next Door.”)

At the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, our mission is to support and conduct research that betters our understanding of child sexual abuse, educate policymakers and the public, and cultivate partnerships with organizations to develop proven strategies that prevent child sexual abuse.  In order to further our understanding of what causes child sexual abuse, we’re launching a research project called Help Wanted.

The purpose of Help Wanted is to bring experts from law enforcement, therapy, victim advocacy, prevention, research, and policy together to identify strategies to help youth attracted to children avoid acting on those interests. This project is designed to create a safe place for young people to seek effective professional intervention early, to ensure that they have the skills and resources needed to prevent them from harming children, and to equip them to develop in healthy ways that are safe for all involved.

The idea that anyone who is attracted to children will become an offender is hopeless and unhelpful. This view hampers efforts to provide treatment services and/or promote efforts aimed at stopping abuse before a child is harmed. Through our work we hope to change the way this issue is discussed and create a better understanding of interventions that work to prevent child sexual abuse.

To read more about this project’s scope and goals, please click here.

New year, new initiative.

I'm thrilled to communicate more broadly and more often about the work we do here at the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse. Now that our blog, Moore Prevention News, has launched, we've made more connections on social media and tweaked our website to better highlight Center news and recent press, I think now is a great time to build a foundation of supporters who believe in our mission to end child sexual abuse.

Please stay in touch. Here's how:

I welcome your comments and suggestions for getting the word out about what we do.

Register NowRegistration is now open for our third annual symposium, Child Sexual Abuse: A Public Health Perspective. The event will take place Friday, April 17 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Special Guest Speaker

Journalist Luke Malone, who produced an award-winning radio story on young pedophiles for This American Life and a companion piece for Matter Magazine will be our special guest speaker. Malone has also written for outlets including The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Salon, Vocativ and The Sydney Morning Herald. 

Who Should Attend This Event?

The goal of the symposium is to bring together a group of professionals in the field of child sexual abuse prevention to present findings from their research, discuss ways to improve our response to child sexual abuse and develop stronger prevention initiatives. Our audience can expect to walk away with a better understanding of the policies and science that affect our current understanding of child sexual abuse prevention as well as hear about the real life experiences of those living with an attraction to young children.  Anyone with an interest in preventing child sexual abuse, knowing how policies impact children and families and hearing the latest research to develop best-practice approaches to working with young adults attracted to children is encouraged to attend. Our audience is broad and includes clinicians, therapists, professors, researchers, social workers, educators, healthcare professionals, lawyers, policy makers, representatives from nonprofit organizations as well as students, the media and members of the general public.  

Get more details including where to park and lunch options here. This event is free and open to the public, however, registration is required