Penn State to host national child sex abuse panel

August 15, 2012 8:03:48 AM PDT
Penn State University is holding a national child sex abuse conference in October as it seeks to rebound from the scandals involving former assistant football coach and convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky.

The Child Sex Abuse Conference: Traumatic Impact, Prevention and Intervention will be held at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on Oct. 29 and 30.

Speakers will include Sugar Ray Leonard, a former professional and Olympic champion boxer, who has revealed he was abused as a child and Elizabeth Smart, a Utah woman who was abducted from her home in 2002 at age 14 and sexually abused during her nine months in captivity.

President Rodney Erickson says, "Penn State has made a commitment to becoming a leader in the research, prevention and treatment of child abuse, and this conference is an important part of that."


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