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Sugar Ray Leonard, Elizabeth Smart To Speak At Penn State's Child Sexual Abuse Conference

Boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard and activist Elizabeth Smart, both of them victims of child sexual abuse, will be among the speakers at Penn State's National Conference on Child Sexual Abuse, which will take place in October.

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The conference will last two days -- October 29 and 30 -- and will be held at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

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The conference will also feature experts on child sexual abuse.

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Organized by the Penn State Justice Center for Research and Penn State Outreach, the conference will address a variety of topics, including the traumatic impact of child sexual abuse, evidence-based methods of treatment and prevention, characteristics of pedophiles including their use of the internet as a gateway for child sexual abuse, and the legal issues involved in a child abuse investigation. It is designed to help educate the public in Pennsylvania and across the nation about this critical issue.

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The conference is a response to the Jerry Sandusky scandal that engulfed Penn State and its football program. The former Penn State assistant coach was convicted of abusing 10 boys.

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