This year the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse celebrated five years of tireless work to research and promote child sexual abuse prevention. Our mission is based on the belief that child sexual abuse is preventable, not inevitable, and we must address this issue with a public health approach. Gifts to the Center have allowed us to experience tremendous growth both as a team, and in the scope of our work. We are very grateful for the support of our friends and donors. Below are just a few highlights from the year.
In November of 2016, Dr. Letourneau was invited to speak at the TEDMED conference in Palm Springs, CA. The live link to the talk was released just this past September (https://goo.gl/XDci6A), and we hope you have had a chance to watch it. As Dr. Letourneau discusses in her talk, child sexual abuse is a 100 percent preventable injury. There are far too many children affected by child sexual abuse for us to wait until they are harmed before we act. We need to educate everyone about how to keep children safe, and we believe that this TEDMED talk does just that: it raises awareness about how child sexual abuse prevention will help children live lives free from abuse.
Responsible Behavior with Younger Children (RBYC)
We are excited to begin piloting this program in four Baltimore City public schools in the spring. The intervention, which aims to develop and test the feasibility of a school-based prevention program, targets 6th and 7th grade youth and will educate them on responsible behavior around younger children.
Promotions and Additions
The Moore Center team has seen incredible growth this past year. We welcomed Dr. Rebecca Fix, assistant scientist; Dr. Reshmi Nair, research associate; Dr. Luciana Assini Meytin, research associate; Dr. Stephane Shepherd, visiting professor; Marcus Nole, research program assistant and Meghan Collins, associate director of development. We also partnered with a policy firm that will help guide our policy program and implement strategies for educating federal policymakers. With a fully staffed team in place, we are confident that we will make an even greater impact on research, policy and outreach in the coming years.
This year we will host our sixth annual symposium on Thursday, April 19, 2018. The focus will be on preventing child sexual abuse within institutions and organizations. Registration for this event will open February 2018 and will be linked on our website.
Thank you for your support in 2017: The work of the Center relies heavily on donors like you. We are grateful for your past support and hope you will continue to help us as we advance our groundbreaking work.
Please consider donating to the science of child sexual abuse prevention by clicking the “Give Now” box in the upper right-hand corner of the JHSPH Giving page. Please select “Other” beside the “Please designate my gift to support” section and type “Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse” in the field.
We greatly appreciate your support and wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday season.