Topic: child abuse prevention
Penn State has infused more than $1.1 million into its newly established Center for the Protection of Children, based at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. That figure is more than twice the amount promised in December, when creation of the center was announced. The University also donated $1.5 million in December to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR).
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State officials have enacted a significant revision to a policy overseeing the supervision and treatment of minors involved in University-sponsored programs or programs housed or held at any Penn State campus.
Administrative Policy 39 (AD39) has been updated as part of the University’s comprehensive review of all of its policies, particularly those that involve children in the wake of sexual abuse charges against a retired assistant coach.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Peggy Lorah wants Penn State students to know that men have an important place at the Center for Women Students.
"Although most victims of sexual and relationship violence are female, men also encounter abuse directly and indirectly, and we have always seen male victims at the Center for Women Students," said Lorah, the center's director and a licensed professional counselor.
April has been designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual assault is, unfortunately, a rampant issue. According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), someone in the United States is sexually assaulted every two minutes.
Approximately two-thirds of these assaults are committed by someone the victim knows. As a community, we need to recognize the devastating effects of sexual abuse. The impact is not just at the time of the event, but also long-term.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State is focused on developing a sustainable professional training program for its employees to recognize and report child abuse. The program will be broken into two phases, one that will begin April 18, in a face-to-face format to meet immediate needs for summer programs and the other, an online interactive training, to be launched in the fall.
“There is an immediate need to train employees who will be responsible for children this summer at numerous camps and summer offerings, so we're quickly moving forward,” said Susan Cromwell, director of Workplace Learning and Performance in the Office of Human Resources at Penn State.