Child Sexual Abuse: A Public Health Perspective & IGNITE 2021 Conference

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The focus of this year's event is collaboration. By working together, we will make a bigger impact in the prevention of child sexual abuse.

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The future of child sexual abuse prevention is collaborative – by working together, we will make a bigger impact to protect children. In that spirit, the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Darkness to Light are teaming up to offer their annual prevention events, Child Sexual Abuse: A Public Health Perspective and IGNITE 2021, presented by the Monique Burr Foundation for Children (MBF), in a single virtual event. This collaboration will expand the event to three days, April 27-29, 2021 – bringing you even more expertise, content, and training.


Moore Center attendees will be offered free access to all Moore Center and Darkness to Light sponsored keynote presentations, special group presentations, receptions, and select breakout sessions.

Speakers will include a diverse group of international foundations, experts, and survivors, to share their unique perspectives and important considerations as we work to prevent child sexual abuse.

This year’s confirmed Moore Center speakers include (among many more):

· Bridgette De Lay, JD, Director, Prevent Child Abuse Programme, Oak Foundation

· Helena Duch, PhD, Head of Solutions Subprogramme, Oak Foundation

· Michael Seto, PhD, Director, Forensic Mental Health Research Unit, Director, Forensic Rehabilitation Research in the Integrated Forensic Program, The Royal Institute of Mental Health Research

· Keith Kaufman, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Portland State University

· Sarah Christofferson, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Chair, Institute of Criminal Justice & Forensic Psychology (ICJFP), University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

· Christoffer Rahm, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator, Priotab, Karolinska Institutet, Chief Psychiatrist, Psykiatri Södra Stockholm

Additional presenters sponsored by the Monique Burr Foundation for Children and Darkness to Light include:

· Alexandra Zarini, of the Alexandra Gucci Children’s Foundation

· Rabbi Avremi Zippel, Jewish Rabbi and activist for sexual violence survivors

· Rachael Denhollander: Attorney, Author, Educator, Sexual Abuse Advocate


Founded in 2012, the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is the only center housed within a research-intensive university focused solely on preventing child sexual abuse. We promote our mission via five critical areas of focus: research, education, communication, advocacy, and policy. For more information, visit the Moore Center at


Darkness to Light is a nonprofit organization with the mission to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse through awareness, education, and stigma reduction. Darkness to Light’s flagship program, Stewards of Children®, is an evidence-informed, award-winning training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. More than 2 million adults have been trained using Darkness to Light trainings. For more information, visit

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUs) The Moore Center will offer attendees the option of purchasing social work CEUs for the session they attend. MORE INFORMATION TO COME SOON. Please email Amanda Ruzicka ( to be put on the contact list for CEU info.


* How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Please email Amanda Ruzicka ( with questions.

* Has the event schedule been released?

Please find the full event schedule (both Moore Center and Darkness to Light content) here.

* What is the difference between the free content provided by the Moore Center and the paid content offered by Darkness to Light?

All attendees, whether registered through the Moore Center or Darkness to Light will have access to keynote presentations, group presentations, and Moore Center sessions.

Only those registered through Darkness to Light content have access to the additional tracks of breakout sessions - ENGAGE, ENACT, & EMBED.

More about each type of session and session descriptions can be found here.

A bit more about the ENGAGE, ENACT, & EMBED Tracks:

These tracks speak to the foundation for protecting children and are at the core of Darkness to Light’s programming. By engaging in prevention conversations, enacting prevention policies, and embedding prevention practices where children live, learn, and play, we can positively impact protective behaviors that keep children safe. Topics within the three tracks will focus on reducing stigma, increasing accountability and resources, addressing systematic changes for unique and diverse populations, and integrating accessible technology into prevention best practices. Whether you are a child advocate that works with an organization or independently, a public health professional, prevention professional, or wanting to learn more about protecting children from sexual abuse, you will find something for you! To register for this additional content visit

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