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Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

Date: Apr 2018

On Thursday, April 19, during the Moore Center’s annual symposium on child sexual abuse prevention, we held our third annual student poster competition that featured research on all aspects of child maltreatment, including child sexual abuse, child physical abuse and neglect, bullying, peer-on-peer harassment and prevention policy and practice.

The purpose of the poster competition is to give students in the field of violence prevention and child maltreatment the opportunity to explore a research topic, gain experience presenting their research and network with other students and professionals.

Student Poster WinnerOur first-place winner was Abhery Das, a MHS candidate in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her poster, A Review of American Indian/Alaska Native Youth Suicide Prevention Programs in the United States presented statistics, risk factors and other data on protecting native children from abuse.

Student Poster Winner 2Our second-place winner was Ann Marie Gustafson, who is also a MHS candidate in the School’s Department of Public Health and is pursuing an MD at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Her poster, Drug Testing for Children Experiencing Suspected Neglect, outlined research on the use of drug screening to identify possible neglect and drug abuse by caretakers. The Baltimore County Department of Health is currently screening children with the aim of guiding policy for child welfare.

Both women were awarded cash prizes during the symposium.

The Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse partnered with SCCAN, the Maryland State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, to draft bills that would help protect children from sexual abuse at school. Both bills made it out of the Ways and Means Committee this week.

These bills (HB 1072 and HB 1571) would require the county board of education to fund child sexual abuse prevention training for employees and require new applicants provide more detailed background information before they can be hired. HB 1072 would require annual training on the prevention, identification and reporting of child sexual abuse; authorizing the instruction and training to include information to help employees recognize and respond to incidents of sexual misconduct.

Maryland Delegate C.T. Wilson, who championed these bills, will be our keynote speaker at our annual symposium on Thursday, April 19. Register here.