Child Sexual Abuse Conference: Traumatic Impact, Prevention, and Intervention

Sunday Event

Moving Forward: A Public Conversation on Surviving Child Sexual Abuse

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Sunday, October 28, 20127:00 p.m.6:00, lobby opens; 6:30, seating beginsEisenhower AuditioriumUniversity Park Campus

There is a two-ticket limit per person. Tickets will be available Monday through Friday beginning October 1, 2012, at the following locations:

Eisenhower Auditorium: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.HUB ticket outlet: 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.Penn State Tickets Downtown: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.Bryce Jordan Center: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

For those from out of town who wish to attend, please call 814-863-0255 to make arrangements for tickets to be held at the box office for you. You may pick them up on Sunday, October 28, 2012, prior to the forum.

This free event is open to the entire community, including Penn State students, Central Pennsylvania citizens, and Penn State alumni, as well as all others near and far who are interested in learning about child sexual abuse, and how to move forward in a constructive way.This will be a first-come, first-served event. Confirmed registrants of the Child Sexual Abuse Conference will automatically receive access to this event.

Four panelists will share personal experiences in the multiple roles they have — as a survivor, as professionals who help children and families who are victims of abuse, and as advocates for children and better child protection laws. Through an extended Q&A period, the panel intends to encourage a wider community dialogue about this national problem and next steps that can be taken to move forward with more informed minds and fully engaged hearts.


Dr. Cindy Christian (panel moderator) is a nationally recognized expert on child abuse. She serves as the director of Safe Place: The Center for Child Protection and Health at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and was earlier this year named to Pennsylvania's Task Force on Child Protection, a group created by the state's General Assembly to thoroughly review state laws and procedures governing child protection and the reporting of child abuse.

Margaret Hoelzer is a two-time Olympic swimmer, winning two silver medals and a bronze medal during the 2008 Games in Beijing, China. At the age of five, she was sexually abused by a friend's father; she is now a national spokesperson for the National Children's Advocacy Center.

Rep. Louise Williams Bishop represents the 192nd Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Sexually abused at the age of 12 by her stepfather, she is an advocate against child sexual abuse as the House Democratic Chair of the Children and Youth Committee.

Christopher Anderson is the executive director of MaleSurvivor, a 501(3) organization that is committed to preventing, healing, and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men. A passionate advocate for the rights of survivors of sexual abuse, Chris joined the organization in 2007 after coming to understand the extent to which the sexual abuse and trauma he suffered as a child profoundly affected his life.

Question Facilitators:

Anne Ard, Ph.D.Executive Director, Centre County Women’s Resource Center

Ian A. Elliott, Ph.D.Research Scholar, Justice Center for Research

Peter Montminy, Ph.D.Child Psychologist & Wellness Coach, MidStep Centers for Child Development

Katharine C. Staley, Ph.D.Research Scientist, Justice Center for Research

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