“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” - Marie Curie
If you’re interested in understanding the causes of childhood victimization and how child sexual abuse can be prevented from a public health perspective, there are many ways you can learn more.
Graduate students at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health are encouraged to enroll in my fourth term course, Childhood Victimization: A Public Health Perspective (330.640). This course examines a wide variety of topics including sexual and physical abuse, peer and sibling assaults, witnessing domestic violence and verbal abuse and neglect. It will familiarize students with the epidemiology of childhood victimization by reviewing existing victim and perpetrator-focused interventions and exploring established emerging prevention strategies. We’ll review legal policies aimed at reducing childhood victimization, their strengths and weaknesses, and challenges to the notion that childhood victimization is, or can be, effectively addressed solely or primarily via criminal justice interventions.
Not a student? No problem. You can also take my Summer Institute class in June, where we’ll be covering many of the same topics as the graduate course, all in one day. Summer Institute courses are open to working professionals outside Johns Hopkins University as well as students.
If you’d prefer a free option, be sure to attend our symposium on April 17. This all day event features speakers on the frontlines of child sexual abuse prevention research as well as Luke Malone, who covered the Moore Center in a This American Life story that drew international attention. This is event is free, however registration is required.
You can also follow me on Twitter. I regularly link to articles that relate to our research here at the Moore Center and weigh in on policies and legislation. Be sure to bookmark our Moore Prevention News page and feel free to comment on any story I publish.