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2013 Denver Thinking Space

3/13/2013 to 3/14/2013

When: 3/13/2013
Where: Denver, Colorado  
United States


Our 2nd Denver Thinking Space was held at our headquarters in Denver, Colorado. The event, ISPCAN Denver Thinking Space 2013: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse – Working with Boys and Men, took place March 13-14, 2013.

Child sexual abuse is a major worldwide public health issue with significant but preventable adverse effects on the child’s physical and mental health and on national economic productivity. The purpose of the Thinking Space is to better address how boys and men from different countries and cultures can prevent child sexual abuse.

Selected local, national and international multidisciplinary experts representing the fields of law, judiciary, medical and human/social services will gather at the ISPCAN office on the Children’s Hospital Colorado campus to exchange ideas, examine published literature from various countries and ultimately define a foundation for better cross-cultural approaches to working with boys and men to prevent child sexual abuse.

Denver Thinking Space Program (PDF)>>>

Featured Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Alberto Pellai - An example of an evidence based child abuse prevention programme and the development of an evidence base

Alberto Pellai is a MD with a specialisation in Preventive Medicine and a PhD in Public Health. He is also a child psychotherapist. He works as a researcher in public health at the Medical School of Milano State University and as a psychotherapist in private practice. He has created the child sexual abuse prevention programme named "Le parole non dette" which is the most known and popular prevention programme for school-based child sexual abuse primary prevention in Italy. This programme has been adopted by ASPI in Switzerland as the official prevention programme targeting primary schools and, thanks to the EU Daphne project, has been replicated in four different European countries in the past two years. Dr. Pellai has authored many scientific papers and books for teachers, parents and children. In 2004, the Italian Ministry of Health awarded him with the Silver Medal for Public Health for his unique and innovative contribution to the field of primary prevention. 

Dr. Eileen Vizard - The nature and status of the evidence on the prevention of child sexual abuse by men & boys

Dr. Vizard is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, a Pschoanalyst and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Child Health, UCL, London. She is Clinical Director of the National Clinical Assessment & Treatment Service (NCATS) based in North London and founded by Dr. Vizard in 1988. The service is jointly run by NSPCC and the local NHS Trust. Dr. Vizard has published extensively, has researched and taught widely within the field of child care and child abuse nationally and internationally. She has contributed to many Government Consultations and Publications over three decades and gives regular policy advice to the UK Parliament and to other policy makers. Her research interests include developmental pathways towards adult psychopathy. Dr. Vizard was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the British Empire) in the New Year’s Honours List on 31.12.11 for ‘services to children and young people’.

Watch videos of the event>>>

Denver Thinking Space Resources:

Keynote Presentation: Dr. Eileen Vizard - The nature and status of the evidence on the prevention of child sexual abuse by men & boys  

Phase 1 Paper (PDF)

Executive Summary of the Phase I Paper (PDF):


Denver Thinking Space: The Survey>>>

Other Resources Related to Child Sexual Abuse:

Article: Ryan, G. (1999). Childhood Sexuality: A Decade of Study. Part I Research and Curriculum Development. Elsevier Science Ltd.

Article: Ryan, G. (2000). Perpetration Prevention: Forgotten Frontier in Sexuality Education and Research. Siecus Report: Vol 26 No 4

Article: Ryan, G. (2005). Preventing Violence and Trauma in the Next Generation. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 20(1).

Article: Vizard, E. (2013). Practitioner Review: The victims and juvenile perpetrators of child sexual abuse-assessment and intervention. JCPP online. 12 Feb 2013.

Chapter on situational sexual abuse: Situational Theories (PDF) 

Comments: A framework on which to build a research-based prevention agenda with a focus on boys (PDF)

Documentary on sexually abused boys in Brazil. Part of Dr. Jean Von Hohendorff's Master Thesis>>>

Policy: South Africa - CHILDREN'S ACT 38 OF 2005 (PDF)

 Policy Document (still in draft) on the implementation of Prevention and Early Intervention Programmes

Paper: Schorr, L. & Farrow, F. (2011). Expanding the Evidence Universe: Doing Better by Knowing More (PDF)

Presentation: An example of a broad based programme focussing on men’s health primarily but also containing messages about behaviour and violence, including sexual violence and male entitlement (PDF)

Presentation: Brown, J. - 4 NSPCC Programs (PDF)

Presentation: Findlater, D. - Preventing Child Sexual Abuse –Towards a Comprehensive Approach (PDF)

Presentation: van Niekerk, J. & Gray, J.- Legislating for Prevention (PDF)

Report: National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System (PDF)

Report: Rape Perpetration: A Review (PDF)

Website: Glenn Miles, Asia Community Building Facilitator with Love146 in Cambodia: Good touch, Bad touch>>>


Photo Credit: dagpeak, flickr


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