We’ve had an incredibly busy year and believe 2017 may be the most impactful one yet. We've been working very hard to fulfill our mission to produce high quality research and develop, evaluate and disseminate proven prevention programs so that children can grow up without experiencing child sexual abuse. Here are four big updates from the year so far:
- This fall, Dr. Letourneau's TEDMED talk will be released and available to the public. In her talk, she discusses the Center’s public health approach to preventing child abuse before it happens, which includes the need for federal funding for research so that we can better target populations at-risk of child sexual abuse and make our communities safer for children. Look for more communications about the TEDMED talk later this summer.
- Our symposium last spring was a terrific success. We were honored to have Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels, JD, give opening remarks and introduce our keynote speaker, Dr. Patrick McCarthy, president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, who generously awarded the Center $100,000 to support our mission. We will continue to provide information, resources and evidence to our child sexual abuse prevention partners at our 2018 symposium and grow this coalition of organizations, agencies, government entities and private therapists working together on the prevention of child sexual abuse.
- Related to the topic of registries, recent results from of our latest policy research (to be published this fall) found that children under age 18 required to register as sex offenders are clearly harmed by this policy. I believe these findings support efforts to end juvenile registration. Look for more communications from the Center highlighting the importance of this study.
- Finally, the Moore Center gained two new staff members, Dr. Reshmi Nair and Mr. Marcus Nole. Reshmi is our data analyst. Marcus is our research program assistant who will facilitate middle school student groups to learn about responsible behaviors with younger children in a pilot research program launching this fall. We will continue to collaborate with Dr. Ryan Shields, our former associate director, who has taken a position at the UMass Lowell. His leadership and thoughtful approach to conducting high quality research was an incredible asset to our team. We will also miss Ms. Cierra Buckman, senior research coordinator, who has taken a research position in North Carolina.
We believe that child sexual abuse is preventable, not inevitable. Please donate to our Center’s research that seeks to end child sexual abuse by preventing it in the first place.
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- Select “Other” beside the “Please designate my gift to support” section
- Type “Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse” in the field
Thank you for your continued support.