Penn State's child sexual abuse conference sells out

A conference focusing on child sexual abuse at the end of the month has sold out.

Penn State's inaugural Child Sexual Abuse Conference: Traumatic Impact, Prevention and Intervention, scheduled for Oct. 29-30 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, reached its 500-attendee capacity within a month of opening registration, according to a campus news release Tuesday.

The conference features sessions by Sugar Ray Leonard and Elizabeth Smart, who each suffered sexual abuse as children as well as nationally recognized experts in child abuse prevention.

The sessions will be online at at http://protectchildren.psu.edu. Audience members are being encouraged to submit questions in advance.

“We have been thrilled by the positive reaction to the conference, including offers of assistance from numerous individuals and nearly 70 outside organizations wanting to be involved,” said Kate Staley, conference co-organizer and research scientist in Penn State’s Justice Center for Research.