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Protect The Children Conference - February 3, 2012 

Conference Speakers

Nora Harlow, President, Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute

Dr. Gene G. Abel, MD, Director of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Research, Abel Screening, Inc.

R. Leslie Nichols, Vice President Club Safety & Design, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Robin Jenkins, Ph.D., Deputy Secretary, North Carolina Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Ieasha Barrow, Office of Transitions Ministry, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Robin McGinnis, CEO, Alternative Behavior Treatment Centers

Stacy Pendarvis, Program Manager, The Monique Burr Foundation for Children

Chuck Hagele, Executive Director, Project PATCH


What We Learned At The Conference:

  • There are 43 million victims of child sexual abuse.
  • Abusers show up as coaches, teachers, after school volunteers, friends, family and mentors.
  • Who do the children tell? - 60% will tell no one, 40% will tell an adult, only 6% of those adults told will report the abuse to the police.
  • $1,272,000 in lifetime victim costs and $585 billion combined fatal and nonfatal child maltreatment costs in 2008 dollars.
  • In every 8th grade classroom of 32 students across America, 4 girls and 2 boys have been sexually abused and 1 boy will have already sexually abused a younger child.
  • Who is the child sexual abuser? - 70% are male, 90% are heterosexual, 93% are religious, 77% are married or formerly married, 69% are caucasian and 46% are college educated.
  • 6% of Americans have a sexual interest in children and therefore 6% of those working with youth in sports and youth serving organizations also have a sexual interest in children, i.e. the Boys & Girls Clubs of America serve 4.1 million children and have 225,000 volunteers, 6% of the volunteers = 13,500.
  • Nonprofit Volunteer Screening Practices: 12% report not screening volunteers at all.  Organizations who report screening, conduct 95% interviews, 76% reference checks, 72% background checks but only 50% conduct background checks in more than one state and the majority of organizations never re-screen.


We want to give a special thank you to Jacksonville Mayor, Alvin Brown for graciously proclaiming February as Protect the Children Month in Jacksonville.  Education Commissioner, Donnie Horner presented the proclamation at the conference on February 3, 2012.  The Jacksonville City Council by President Joost also provided resolution 2012-45-A urging public support to become informed on child sexual abuse issues.


The Diana Screen®, developed by Gene G. Abel, M.D. identifies applicants at high risk for sexually abusing the children and youth they are asked to help and protect. Joining Dr. Abel are speakers from around the nation who work with children and youths every day and see first-hand why this screening tool is so vital.

Additional Links:

Sex Specific Treatment Sites in North America - Specific facts and information for local treatment facilities and who should receive treatment

Web Resources

Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers - Find local facilities for treatment

Centers for Disease Control - Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth-serving Organizations: Getting Started on Policies and Procedures


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