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iStockAt this year's child sexual abuse symposium on Thursday, April 27 at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Heath, Geoff Kahn, MSPH, Department of Mental Health, will present evidence that forcing children to register as sex offenders does nothing to make communities safer. Read more about this study in our latest Psychology Today column.

Kahn will go over the findings from a six-state study that supports mounting evidence that registering children is costly for states and ineffective. Find out more at our lunch and learn presenation at this year's child sexual abuse prevention symposium. Tickets are going fast!


Don't miss a FREE screening of "Untouchable," a powerful documentary that interweaves portraits of men and women who have been branded sex offenders with the experiences of victims of child sexual abuse. This film will be shown as part of Thursday's symposium. 

Director David Feige joins our panel discussion moderated by Dr. Fred Berlin, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Online registration will close Monday, April 24, 2017 at 5 pm. Onsite registration will be available on a first-come, first serve basis.

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.