Public Release: 

Symposium: Child Sexual Abuse: A Public Health Perspective

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

WHAT: A symposium on public health strategies to prevent child sexual abuse


  • Dr. James Mercy, Special Advisor for Global Activities, Sexual Violence Prevention Division, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Dr. Derek Brown, Assistant Professor, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis (available for interview)
  • Karen Baker, M.S.W., Director of National Sexual Violence Resource Center (available for interview)
  • Scott Matson, M.A., Acting Deputy, Policy Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Dr. Elizabeth Letourneau, Co-Host, Associate Professor and Director, Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (available for interview)

WHEN: April 11, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

WHERE: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205 - Sheldon Hall (W1214)

WHY: Child sexual abuse is almost always addressed through the criminal justice system. But strategies based on prosecution and punishment have no hope of ever eliminating the problem. This symposium will look at public health and primary prevention strategies to reduce and, some day, prevent child sexual abuse.


Susan Sperry at 410-955-6919 or
Barbara Benham at 410-614-6029 or

Note to Media: If you plan to attend the symposium, please contact Barbara Benham at in advance so we can facilitate your entrance to the building with the security desk.

Important: Please remember to bring a photo ID.

As noted above, Dr. Elizabeth Letourneau, Dr. Derek Brown and Karen Baker are available for interviews. Dr. Brown and Ms. Baker are available the day of the symposium. Dr. Letourneau is available Thursday evening as well as early morning of, and during breaks, of the symposium.

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