Penn State to host national child sex abuse panel

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(AP) – Penn State University is holding a national child sex abuse conference as it seeks to rebound from the scandals involving former assistant football coach and convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky.

The Child Sex Abuse Conference: Traumatic Impact, Prevention and Intervention will be held at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on Oct. 29 and 30.

Speakers will include Sugar Ray Leonard, a former professional and Olympic champion boxer, who has revealed he was abused as a child, and Elizabeth Smart, a Utah woman who was abducted from her home in 2002 at age 14 and sexually abused during her nine months in captivity.

President Rodney Erickson says, “Penn State has made a commitment to becoming a leader in the research, prevention and treatment of child abuse.”

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