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Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

Date: Jan 2017

In 2016, the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse played a vital role in bringing knowledge and expertise of issues related to child sexual abuse prevention to the attention of our stakeholders.

Here are the headlines that have been the most impactful.

The List by Sarah Stillman. (The New Yorker). March 2016.
This long-form article describes the challenges of young adults who were required to register as sex offenders when they were children and discusses the work that researchers, policy experts and activists are doing to bring attention these harmful policies.

Should a Juvenile Offender be Locked Up Indefinitely? by William Brangham. (PBS NewsHour). June 2016.
The series “Broken Justice” looks closely at criminal justice issues and policies across the U.S.  In this episode, Brangham interviews youth who have been charged with sex crimes and are held beyond their release date. Dr. Letourneau asserts that because recidivism rates for juveniles charged with sex crimes are so low, the enormous cost associated with committing juveniles makes no sense and is a wasted cost to taxpayers.

After Jacob, Work Harder to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse (op-ed) by Elizabeth Letourneau, PhD. (Star Tribune). September 2016.
Read our op-ed about the need for a paradigm shift in the way we view and respond to child sexual abuse. We cannot wait for children, like Jacob Wetterling, to be harmed before we take action.

What’s the Real Rate of Sex-Crime Recidivism? by Steven Yoder. (Pacific Standard). May 2016.
In the 1980s, a counselor working with convicted sex offenders made an assertion that would change history. Researchers, like Dr. Letourneau and others, are now setting the record straight: recidivism rates are much lower than were previously reported.

Read more news coverage here.

We are very happy to announce that Moore Center Director Dr. Elizabeth Letourneau was recently promoted to full professor with tenure in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Letourneau is grateful for the support she received from department faculty since beginning her employment at Hopkins.

In addition, Dr. Ryan Shields has been promoted to associate director of the Moore Center. He has become an eloquent and effective spokesperson for the center and has represented us exceptionally well at policy and practice conferences.

In 2016 we also welcomed Ms. Karen Baker, director of the National Violence Resource Center to our Scientific Advisory Board.

Over the next few months we will expand our team to include a new data associate, a policy manager and a development officer. Stay tuned for updates.