Child abuse response conference draws experts from around country

A day-long examination of the way our institutions deal with child abuse drew more than 175 people to the Mitchell campus February 22.

The conference, “Failure to Protect: Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse,” organized by Professor Phebe Haugen, featured experts from diverse institutions and organizations, who explored the successes and failures of churches, schools, residential settings, and social institutions when it comes to dealing with child abuse.

The conference was 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 Lisa Anderson.

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

Richard John Matthews
The History of the Youth Protection Training Program of the Boy Scouts of America PDF
General Counsel, Boy Scouts of America

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

Kathleen McChesney
When Culture Trumps Reason … How the Avoidance of Scandal Puts Children at Risk PDF
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
Religious Men and the Crisis of Sexual Abuse 
Office for Safety in Ministry, Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus

Lonna Hunter (Tlingit and Dakota)
Who Will Protect Our Children: when perpetrators are spiritual leaders, relatives and leaders in our Tribal Communities PDF
Program coordinator for Council on Crime and Justice, coordinating pro bono victim legal services

Adam Waytz
Whistleblowing and the Fairness-Loyalty Tradeoff PDF
Assistant professor of management and organizations, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

Victor Vieth
Lessons from Penn State: a Call to Implement a New Pattern of Training for Mandated Reporters and Child Protection Professionals PDF
DOJ White Paper PDF
Executive director, National Child Protection Training Center

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