Johns Hopkins

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The Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, was founded in 2012 to create, through rigorous science, a public health approach to preventing child sexual abuse.

HDF is supporting a five-year study which will develop the world’s first comprehensive estimates of the prevalence of child sexual abuse perpetration in at least six countries, yielding methodologies that can be replicated across diverse regions and delivering the statistical cornerstone needed to prevent CSA before it happens. This initiative will be carried out by the Moore Center, in collaboration with the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). What is particularly exciting about this study is the collaboration with the CDC, which has conducted victimization-focused prevalence studies in dozens of countries. By adding a new module of questions to the CDC’s Violence Against Children Surveys, the study team can quickly begin to estimate perpetration prevalence around the world.

“When it comes to prevention, we’ve been operating in the dark. Now there is new hope for sparing countless potential victims the pain of child sexual abuse and exploitation, and preventing potential perpetrators the legal and moral consequences of engaging in abusive behaviors.”
Elizabeth J. Letourneau Ph.D., director of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

“CDC is committed to this collaboration with Johns Hopkins University and Human Dignity Foundation to make sure better data are available to address the urgent public health problem of child sexual abuse.”
Greta Massetti Ph.D., Field Epidemiology and Prevention Branch Chief, Division of Violence Prevention, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“Globally, we do not understand the nature or scale of child sexual abuse perpetration. This stark reality provides the backdrop to this vital research initiative. Understanding the risk factors of perpetration will help us prevent it from happening in the first place.”

Dr. John Climax Founder and Chair of Human Dignity Foundation