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Campus Sexual Assault Education Conference

Courtney Meyer organized a one-day conference to educate college students about sexual assault with a unique focus on masculinity and rape. The conference was available to students and took place at Penn State on October 15, 2013.

Project Status: Held on October 15, 2013

Project Team

About the Project

  • One-day conference in collaboration with the Center for Women Students and the Commission for Women held at Penn State University on October 15, 2013. (Conference was free and available to students to register).
  • The purpose of the conference is to educate college students about sexual assault in general, along with a special focus on masculinity and rape.

Project Details

  • Specific topics include: characteristics of the perpetrator, rape myths, dating violence, sex as a weapon, rape in the LGBT community, what to do after rape, reporting a rape, bystander intervention, and methods of preventing rape.
  • The keynote speaker was Laura Dunn. Students attended a variety of different small workshops.

Implications

  • With the conference’s unique focus on masculinity and rape, attendees were educated on campus sexual assault from an innovative point of view that is not usually represented in these types of programs.
  • Additional information can be found on the conference's webpage.

Child Sexual Abuse Conference Follow-up: TED-ED Talks

Justice Center researchers have created six TED-ED lessons based on the talks given at the Child Sexual Abuse Conference. Data from the lessons will be gathered to analyze the interest in the material and determine the need for continued development.

Project Status: Completed

Project Team

  • Lead Investigator: Ian Elliot, Ph.D. (iae1@psu.edu)
  • Co-Investigator: Kate Staley, Ph.D.
  • Co-Investigator: Courtney Meyer, M.A.

About the Project

  • Following up on the six-month anniversary of the Child Sexual Abuse Conference, the Justice Center aims to re-engage with conference attendees and the general public by disseminating conference material through TED-ED, an online learning system.
  • Using TED-ED, a series of online lessons were created based on the six pre-recorded Conference talks that are currently linked to the Conference website.

Project Details

  • Each TED-ED lesson includes a 15-item quiz, additional resources related to the specific content of the lesson, and discussion topics.
  • Lessons were made available to conference attendees and the public via the Conference website and the Justice Center twitter account. Click here to view the lessons.

Implications

  • Data from the lessons was gathered to analyze the number of visitors to the site, responses to quizzes, and discussions.
  • This information will be used to gauge interest in the material and determine whether there is a need for continued development of the online lessons.

Child Sexual Abuse Conference: Traumatic Impact, Prevention, and Intervention

On October 29-30, 2012, the Justice Center held this conference which featured informative lectures about the impact, prevention, and intervention of child sexual abuse. Keynote speakers included Sugar Ray Leonard and Elizabeth Smart, survivors of child sexual abuse.

Project Status: Held on October 29-30, 2012

Conference Organizers

About the Project

  • The Justice Center, in collaboration with the College of the Liberal Arts and Penn State Outreach, organized this conference which was attended by nearly 500 people.
  • The conference appealed to various groups of people such as researchers, practitioners, advocates, and survivors.

Project Details

  • Keynote speakers included Sugar Ray Leonard and Elizabeth Smart, survivors of child sexual abuse.
  • A community discussion panel held the night before the conference featured an open-dialogue conversation between survivors and the audience.

Implications

  • This conference served as an important event in Penn State’s efforts to become a leader in the research, prevention, and treatment of child sexual abuse.

Conference Website

International Police Education and Training Program

The Justice Center is working with the Justice and Safety Institute to train several police executives from Morocco on evidence-based practices in policing. Topics include principles of democratic policing and the scientific basis of police forensics.

Project Team

  • Co-Project Director: Don Zettlemoyer (dkz1@psu.edu)
  • Co-Project Director: John Kramer, Ph.D., CLJ
  • Project Consultant: Gary Zajac, Ph.D.

About the Project

  • Funded by U.S. Department of State through the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
  • Goal is to convey evidence-based practices in policing to selected police executives from other countries.
  • Initial focus is on several police executives from Morocco who have been selected by the national police force there to participate in this executive development program.

Project Details

  • Specific topical areas selected in consultation with Morocco, but include principles of democratic policing and the scientific basis of police forensics.
  • Selected Moroccan police executives will visit Penn State during May-June 2013 to participate in this project. Project is being led by the Justice and Safety Institute, with cooperation from the Justice Center for Research and other centers on campus.

Implications

  • Project is intended to promote the expansion of evidence-based policing trans-nationally, and to build partnerships with police agencies in other nations.

Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Roundtable

The Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Roundtable took place on May 19-20, 2011 and was organized in response to Senate Bill 1161 of 2010. The event focused on the need to create a risk assessment system that can be used during the sentencing process.

Project Status: Held on May 19-20, 2011

Project Team

  • Program Chair/Panel Moderator: Gary Zajac, Ph.D. (gxz3@psu.edu)
  • Program Chair/Panel Moderator: Doris MacKenzie, Ph.D.

About the Project

  • The Justice Center, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing held the “PA Criminal Justice Roundtable: Costs & Benefits of Risk Assessment” on May 19-20, 2011.
  • Event was organized in response to Senate Bill 1161 of 2010 which directed the Sentencing Commission to create a risk assessment system to be used during the sentencing process.

Project Details

  • Attendees included PA state criminal justice policymakers and experts in offender risk assessment and sentencing from across the country. Several CLJ faculty presented their research at the roundtable.
  • State Senator Greenleaf, sponsor of Senate Bill 1161, delivered the keynote address on the importance of evidence-based practices such as risk assessment.

Implications

  • This roundtable created an opportunity for research partnerships to be formed as part of the effort to bring evidence-based research into the criminal justice system.
  • Led to the funding of a project being conducted by Justice Center researchers to develop a sentencing risk assessment instrument.