We begin this morning with Dr. Elizabeth Letourneau, who is the Director of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Most of us encounter discussions of child abuse after the fact; once a crime has been committed, too late for the child who has been victimized and who faces sometimes a lifetime of effects and consequences. Dr. Letourneau has been studying ways to prevent child abuse for more than 25 years, and on Friday, the Moore Center will host a symposium in which researchers and even self-admitted, non-offending pedophiles will talk about interventions to stop these crimes before they occur. It’s a tough subject, and if you’re listening to our program with young children, or if you are yourself a victim of child abuse, we need you to know that while our conversation will not be graphic, it will include discussion about some very troubling things. Troubling, but important. Elizabeth Letourneau joins me today in Studio A.
The Center’s annual symposium takes place on Friday from 9:00-4:00 at Bloomberg, in Sheldon Hall on Wolfe Street. The symposium is free and open to the public. They’d like you to register; you can do so here. We’ll also have a link to a live stream of the conference. You can listen to Luke Malone's story, Help Wanted, which aired on This American Life in April of 2014 here.