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Moving Forward: A Public Conversation on Surviving Sexual Abuse

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Published on Oct 30, 2012

Panelists

Dr. Cindy Christian (panel moderator) is a nationally recognized expert on child abuse. She serves as the director of Safe Place: The Center for Child Protection and Health at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and was earlier this year named to Pennsylvania's Task Force on Child Protection, a group created by the state's General Assembly to thoroughly review state laws and procedures governing child protection and the reporting of child abuse.

Margaret Hoelzer is a two-time Olympic swimmer, winning two silver medals and a bronze medal during the 2008 Games in Beijing, China. At the age of five, she was sexually abused by a friend's father; she is now a national spokesperson for the National Children's Advocacy Center.

Rep. Louise Williams Bishop represents the 192nd Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Sexually abused at the age of 12 by her stepfather, she is an advocate against child sexual abuse as the House Democratic Chair of the Children and Youth Committee.

Christopher Anderson is the executive director of MaleSurvivor, a 501(3) organization that is committed to preventing, healing, and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men. A passionate advocate for the rights of survivors of sexual abuse, Chris joined the organization in 2007 after coming to understand the extent to which the sexual abuse and trauma he suffered as a child profoundly affected his life.
Question Facilitators:

Anne Ard, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Centre County Women's Resource Center

Ian A. Elliott, Ph.D.
Research Scholar, Justice Center for Research

Peter Montminy, Ph.D.
Child Psychologist & Wellness Coach, MidStep Centers for Child Development

Katharine C. Staley, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Justice Center for Research

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