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Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

Date: Feb 2016

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Register now for our fourth annual symposium on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

This year's symposium will highlight the unique experiences of families dealing with child sexual abuse. International and national experts in the field of child sexual abuse prevention will present their latest research findings as they pertain to the family impact of child sexual abuse. Our panel discussion will include the perspectives of both parents of child victims and youth with problem sexual behaviors with a special focus on understanding how family members are affected by child sexual abuse.

  • Special Guest Speaker: Jennifer Bleyer, senior editor and writer for Psychology Today, will speak about her recent work on child sexual abuse prevention and moderate our panel. Other featured speakers will highlight the science of child sexual abuse prevention.
  • Lunch and Learn: Please join us for a luncheon and talk by Dr. Ryan Shields who will present the latest findings in our Help Wanted study and take questions from the audience. For more information, click here.
  • Child Maltreatment Poster Session: Please join us for our free poster session and dessert featuring research by graduate and undergraduate students. The session will begin at 12:45 pm in Feinstone Hall (E2030) and all are welcome. Winners will be announced at the end of the day. For more information and to submit a poster, click here.

Questions? Please direct all questions to Amanda Ruzicka at

Help Wanted PinkWhile we’ve made tremendous progress recruiting participants for our Help Wanted study, we still need 10 more contributors to meet our goal. Participants must be 18 to 30 years old, fluent in English and developed an attraction to prepubescent children during or prior to adolescence. The ultimate goal of Help Wanted is to develop and provide helpful resources to adolescents attracted to young children. 

After we complete the anonymous interview process, we will analyze and summarize themes from the interviews and discuss how these themes will influence the development of a prevention intervention, one that is available to all youth with a sexual attraction to younger children. The prevention intervention will address the needs of adolescents attracted to children and promote their healthy development. We’ll also ensure that all materials destigmatize the act of asking for help. 

For more information about the project, see our recent blog post.

If you or someone you know is eligible to participate, please click here or contact our research team directly at