“Protecting Victims of Child Sex Abuse: After Penn State” will be the first topic in Fresno State‘s spring Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture Series at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Alice Peters Auditorium in the University Business Center.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be presented by Dr. Bernadette Muscat, an associate professor of criminology at Fresno State whose master’s and doctoral degrees were earned at Penn State’s Harrisburg campus. The recent scandal at Penn State was at its campus in State College.

Muscat will provide insight into child victimization, difficulties of child disclosure and individual and societal response to victimization. Her presentation also will examine the ethical responsibility for mandated reporters and others who report child sexual abuse.

Muscat has worked with child victims and child sexual predators. She has conducted research with sexual predators and high-risk sex offenders and has worked with child victims of physical and sexual abuse, as well as with adult survivors of both.

Sponsored by the Ethics Center at Fresno State, the lecture series promotes ethical leadership among students and within the community.

For more information, contact Dr. David Schecter, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, at 559.278.2988 or schecter@csufresno.edu.

(Copy by University Communications news intern Nicole Maul.)

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