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  • 30 Jul 2012 4:00 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Read more! So the story continues, but are we learning the right lessons from it? A common refrain has been that university administrators are so keen to protect their schools' reputations and maintain winning programs that they have lost sight of their social and legal responsibilities. Lawmakers in many states, meanwhile, have decided that the Penn State scandal shows a need for stricter laws requiring sexual abuse to be reported undefined though Pennsylvania's existing laws would have been adequate if officials had lived up to their obligations.
  • 26 Jul 2012 1:44 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    From MaleSurvivor: In 2010 our conference, the only one of its kind in the world, brought together more than 400 survivors, psychologists, social workers, academic researchers, members of the law enforcement community, and friends of the cause to share information regarding their efforts to help survivors, research, and insights. We anticipate this to be our largest and most successful yet! Read More!
  • 18 Jul 2012 2:59 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Read the The Enough Abuse Campaign: Building the Movement to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse in Massachusetts. Special Issue: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse - A Range of Strategies in the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse Volume 21, Issue 4, 2012.

    Abstract: This case study describes the Enough Abuse Campaign, a multidisciplinary, statewide effort to prevent child sexual abuse in Massachusetts. The study uses the Institute of Medicine's Framework for Collaborative Community Action on Health to provide a systematic description of the campaign's process of implementation, which includes: (a) developing a state-level infrastructure for child sexual abuse prevention, (b) assessing child sexual abuse perceptions and public opinion, (c) developing local infrastructures in three communities and implementing training programs focused on preventing perpetration of child sexual abuse, (d) facilitating changes in local communities to child-sexual-abuse-related systems, and (e) inviting Massachusetts residents to join an advocacy-based movement to prevent child sexual abuse. This case study concludes with future directions for the campaign and topics for future research related to child sexual abuse.

  • 17 Jul 2012 4:31 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    Read more in the Boston Globe's July 3, 2012 article:

    The International Tennis Hall of Fame, reversing course after months of inaction, is investigating allegations that Bob Hewitt, one of the greatest doubles players in the history of the sport, sexually abused nearly a dozen girls he coached in South Africa and the United States from the 1970s to 1990s, according to several of the alleged victims.

    The Hall of Fame launched the inquiry after drawing criticism throughout the tennis community for dropping its plan last year to investigate the scandal. The organization has hired a Boston law firm undefined Hinckley, Allen & Snyder undefined to conduct the investigation and present its findings before the hall’s board of directors meet later this month in Newport, R.I.

  • 17 Jul 2012 4:21 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Watch PBS NewsHour's What are the lessons learned from the Penn State Scandal, airdate July 12, 2012.

    Summary: What can other institutions learn from the Penn State sex abuse case? Jeffrey Brown talks to Teresa Huizar, executive director of the National Children's Alliance; Elizabeth LeTourneau of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Scott Berkowitz, founder and president of the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.

  • 17 Jul 2012 4:19 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Read the independent report by Louis Freeh and his law firm, Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP, into the facts and circumstances of the actions of The Pennsylvania State University surrounding the child abuse committed by a former employee, Gerald A. Sandusky.
  • 29 Jun 2012 9:19 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Hosted by Cordelia Anderson, Preventing the Perpetration of Child Sexual Abuse Web Conference will be held on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 2pmET (90 minutes). Register!


    If we are serious about ending child sexual abuse, then we need to pay attention to why there are so many adults, adolescents and even children who perpetrate acts of sexual abuse. In this web conference, two national experts, Joan Tabachnick and David Prescott, bring a wealth of information about what we know (and don't know) about those who sexually abuse. Through this brief web conference, we will explore the research available about the adults who have sexually offended as well as the sexually abusive adolescents and children with sexual behavior problems. The speakers will also explore how this information can be/has been useful to the development of prevention programs.
  • 28 Jun 2012 11:05 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    NEARI Press Webinars
"Introduction to Best Practices for Working with Youth Who Have Sexually Abused" with Steven Bengis will be held Wednesday June 27th from 2-3pmET. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/2lf47/register/3187791315630757120

    Excerpt: Please join us as we pilot test our first FREE online webinar with Dr. Bengis. 
  • 28 Jun 2012 11:04 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)


    Excerpt: Sentencing is scheduled for 90 days from now and Sandusky faces a possible 442 year sentence. Thank you for supporting our efforts to use this case as an opportunity to talk about the prevention of sexual violence. We continue to add resources to our website so please check back for new alerts. http://nsvrc.org/projects/child-sexual-assault-prevention/sandusky-case-resources-and-trial-packet

  • 06 Jun 2012 1:41 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Excerpt: Everyone has a role in preventing sexual violence. Every adult is in the position to protect children. It’s time to get involved. We can begin conversations with organizations working with children and youth about things they are doing to promote safety and how we can help. We can ask whether our church, synagogue, schools or local YMCA have policies in place to protect children. We can ask if staff and volunteers at these organizations are aware of these policies. And we can ask if everyone within the organization knows how to implement these policies on a day‐to‐day basis. Read More!
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