National Conference

On October 29-30, 2012, scholars and experts, survivors and members of the public convened at Penn State's University Park campus to attend Penn State's Child Sexual Abuse Conference.The conference, organized by the Penn State Justice Center for Research, brought together nationally recognized experts in child sexual abuse research, prevention, and treatment. Sessions focused on a variety of topics including the traumatic impact of child sexual abuse, evidence-based methods of treatment and prevention, characteristics of pedophiles including their use of the internet as a gateway for child sexual abuse, and the legal issues involved in a child abuse investigation.

Participating organizations included:  the Penn State Hershey Center for the Protection of Children; Child Study Center; Prevention Research Center; the Penn State Center for Children and the Law; the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape; the National Sexual Violence Resource Center; and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

For more information about Penn State's Child Sexual Abuse Conference, read about conference highlights.

In September 2013,  a second annual Conference on Child Protection and Well-Being was held. The event attracted district attorneys, children and youth services professionals, law enforcement officials and medical professionals as well as Penn State faculty. Fro more information and archived videos, visit

A third annual conference, "The Role of Parenting and Family Processes in Child Maltreatment and Intervention" is scheduled for May 5-6, 2014, at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State's University Park campus. Information can be found here.