SPH establishes center to prevent child sexual abuse

New center promotes a public health approach

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is establishing a new research center dedicated to the prevention of child sexual abuse. The Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse will promote a public health approach to preventing child sexual abuse, which will include research, policy analysis, and education. The Moore Center is believed to be the first academic research center focused on the prevention of child sexual abuse.

"Our overarching goal is to move our nation's response to child sexual abuse from a criminal justice orientation, focused on after-the-fact responses, to a more comprehensive approach that focuses significant resources on the prevention of child sexual abuse," says Elizabeth Letourneau, founding director of the Moore Center and an associate professor in the Bloomberg School's Department of Mental Health. "Our goal is to bring public health expertise and perspectives to the complex policy issues related to the prevention of child sexual abuse."

The Moore Center was established with a gift from Stephen G. Moore and his wife, Julia. Stephen Moore is a physician who earned his master of public health degree from the Bloomberg School in 1993.

"We are grateful to Steve and Julia for their commitment to this important issue," says Michael J. Klag, dean of the Bloomberg School. "Theirs is a transformational gift. The principles of prevention and population-based interventions have been successfully applied to a host of issues, such as injury and maternal mortality. It is past time to do the same for child sexual abuse prevention."