“Failure to Protect: Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse,”

Conference looks at how institutions respond to child abuse

With the problem of child abuse becoming more open and less of a stigma every day, the way large public and private institutions deal with it is under increasing scrutiny. Leading experts in preventing and responding to child abuse will examine institutional responses to the problem in a day-long conference from 8:30 am to 5 pm Friday, Feb. 22 in the William Mitchell Auditorium.

Failure to Protect: Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse

Friday, Feb. 22 | 8:30 am-5 pm
William Mitchell College of Law | Auditorium
875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, Minn.

Speakers include

Jeffrey R. Anderson ’75 – Pioneering litigator representing victims of child sexual abuse for three decades

Richard John Matthews – General Counsel, Boy Scouts of America

Michael V. Johnson – Director of Youth Protection, Boy Scouts of America

Kathleen McChesney – Formerly executive director of the Office of Child and Youth Protection of the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the FBI’s executive director for law enforcement services

Thomas P. Doyle –  Former Vatican canon lawyer and internationally recognized advocate for victims of clergy sexual abuse

David Haschka – Office for Safety in Ministry, Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus

Lonna Hunter (Tlingit and Dakota) – Program coordinator for Council on Crime and Justice, coordinating pro bono victim legal services

Adam Waytz – Assistant professor of management and organizations, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

Victor Vieth – Executive director, National Child Protection Training Center

The conference, “Failure to Protect: Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse,” will explore the successes and failures of churches, schools, residential settings, and social institutions when it comes to dealing with child abuse. Why do they so often fail to protect kids from sexual abuse, even when there is overwhelming evidence that horrendous things are going on?

The conference is sponsored by the National Child Protection Training Center and William Mitchell College of Law and made possible thanks to the generous support of Jeff and  Julie Anderson.

Cost is $25 and includes lunch. Application will be made for 6 CLE credits and POST Board credits.

Register for “Failure to Protect: Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse,”