This Conference Will Be Really Awkward

Pennsylvania State University is apparently making dramatic efforts to overcome its history as location for longstanding sexual abuse. And so it’s going to host a sexual abuse conference.

According to an article by Lauren Blum in The Daily Collegian:

The Child Sexual Abuse Conference: Traumatic Impact, Prevention, and Intervention will take place at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on Oct. 29-30….

Experts in the field of child sexual abuse and child trauma who will speak include Dr. David Finkelhor, Dr. Penelope Trickett and Lucy Berliner.

According to the conference website, the goals of the conference are to raise awareness, educate, energize and empower all of us to move forward to better protect children.

Participants at the conference will discuss “evidence-based methods of treatment and prevention” and “characteristics of pedophiles.”

Penn State President Rodney Erickson will also speak at the conference. Retired professional boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, who apparently was sexually abused as a child, will also appear at the event.

According to the press release “Penn State has made a commitment to becoming a leader in the research, prevention, and treatment of child abuse.”

Penn State will charge participants $145 to attend the event.

Daniel Luzer

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