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Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

Date: Jan 2018

Meghan CollinsMeghan Collins joined the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse as an associate director of development in August 2017. Before joining the Moore Center, Meghan was the director of development for Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, a small nonprofit that focuses on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship for students K-12.

Meghan’s primary role at the Moore Center is to identify new donors and serve as an effective Center ambassador. Meghan also spends 50 percent of her time as a gift officer for the Bloomberg School of Public Health working with the development team.

“My primary interest across all fields is serving vulnerable and underserved populations. As it relates to the Moore Center, the research associated with the long-term consequences of juvenile sex offender registries is incredibly interesting and something that I was completely unaware of prior to taking this position,” says Meghan.

Meghan grew up in Harford County, Maryland and earned a bachelor’s degree from Towson University and then a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

In her downtime, Meghan enjoys working out and playing social sports in Canton, where she's lived for several years. “I also love trying new restaurants throughout the city. I am admittedly a Netflix addict, so if there is a new show, I need to know about it and watch it ASAP!”

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Dr. Rebecca Fix, assistant professor at the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, wrote a column for Juvenile Justice Information Exchange that was published Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. 

In her column "Young Sex Offenders Shouldn't Have to Register; It's Ineffective and Hurts Everyone Around Them," Rebecca makes clear that according to research, registering children as sex offenders isn't only ineffective, it's also harmful.

Rebecca illustrates her point by recounting the circumstances of a 15-year-old boy who was charged with rape after having consensual sex with his 14-year-old girlfriend:

"After returning to his community following confinement, Demetrius was no longer welcome on his high school athletic teams, and anticipates he will not be admitted into college due to his inability to be scouted by college teams. In addition, his family has been impacted by his registration status. Demetrius and his mother are moving to a new town, as their community has ostracized them. Demetrius’ mother lost her friends once word spread about his legal difficulties, and they are no longer welcome in their church."

This is one heartbreaking example of the unnecessary hardships that registration places on children and their families. Read Rebecca's column here.