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Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

Date: Jun 2016

Help WantedWe are pleased to announce that the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse received a one-year grant for $50,000 from Raliance – a collaborative initiative dedicated to ending sexual violence in one generation. This grant will help fund our “Help Wanted” project that aims to reduce perpetration of sexual violence by developing a web-based prevention intervention for adolescents sexually attracted to children that will also include additional resources for families and practitioners.

“Securing funding for our ‘Help Wanted’ project has been an up-hill battle, in part because there aren’t as many resources available to study prevention science as there are to address the aftermath of child sexual abuse – victim services and punishment for offenders, for example,” says Ryan Shields, assistant scientist at the Moore Center and the project’s principal investigator. “With funding from Raliance, we are excited to begin the next phase of 'Help Wanted'.”

“Help Wanted” is the Center’s flagship prevention project that aims to create a highly effective prevention intervention that is available to all youth who are attracted to children. The main goals of the intervention are to reduce the risk that adolescents attracted to children will act out on those attractions and to enhance their own healthy development.

Raliance was recently founded by three leading sexual violence prevention organizations – the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)-PreventConnect and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV). The organization will serve as the central hub for effective allocation and distribution of programmatic funding for sexual violence response and prevention efforts.

As its first initiative, Raliance has funded 27 projects – including “Help Wanted” – totaling nearly $1.2 million in the first round of an ongoing grant program. This initiative is made possible through a multiyear, $10 million commitment from the National Football League (NFL). 

New Juvenile Registration and Notification Guidelines are Open for Comment at the Department of Justice

Department of JusticeThe public has been invited to submit comments regarding the proposed Department of Justice’s Supplemental Guidelines for Juvenile Registration Under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

The proposed guideline clarifies how the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) will assess whether a jurisdiction has substantially implemented SORNA’s juvenile registration provisions.

However, the guideline does not affect substantial implementation of SORNA’s registration requirements for adults who sexually offend.

Comments are due by Friday, June 10, 2016.

We at the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, and many other experts in the field, recommend that the SMART Office emphasize evidence-based treatment rather than registration and waiver as a way to manage youth who have sexually offended. Specifically we recommend the following revisions to the Proposed Supplemental Guidelines:

  1. Remove all requirements for the registration of youth adjudicated delinquent for sex offenses. Further, remove financial penalties for states and other jurisdictions when such penalties are based solely on the exclusion of adjudicated youth from registration requirements.
  2. Remove all language that implicitly or explicitly encourages or appears to encourage the waiver of juveniles to adult criminal court.
  3. Insert language that supports the provision of evidence-based treatment services to youth adjudicated delinquent of sex offenses and their caregivers.

To read our entire letter, please click here and view the PDF titled “Experts Respond to SORNA Proposed Guidelines."

You may also submit your own comments here by clicking the “Comment Now!” button at the top right of the page.