Stockton University Hosts Two Events on Child Victimization with Speaker Matthew Sandusky

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Galloway, N.J. - Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of convicted child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky, former assistant football coach at Penn State, discussed the traumatic experiences that led him to take on the role of advocate for survivors at two events at Stockton University in March.

On March 2, Sandusky spoke to members of the Stockton community and the public. He called child sex abuse “a preventable crime” and said: “You can end this. Add your voice to those of us who are speaking.” He also urged anyone in the audience who was a victim to seek help.

As founder of Peaceful Hearts Foundation, he helps promote stronger statute of limitation laws, education for children and adults, a survivor fund to help alleviate costs of treatment for children who have been sexually abused, stronger mandated reporting laws, and other legislation.

He was also keynote speaker at a March 3 event at the Galloway, N.J, university designed for legal and medical professionals, teachers, counselors and social workers.

The conference addressed the problem of child abuse in its various forms, such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, human trafficking, stalking and bullying, and provided a multidisciplinary approach focusing on the intersections of research, policy, and practice related to child abuse. Other speakers represented Stockton, the Atlantic Prosecutor’s Office, Egg Harbor Township School District, Division of Child Protection and Permanency, and the HEAAT Foundation on Human Trafficking.

“The conference was a great success,” said Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice Janice Joseph. “The diverse and dynamic group of speakers and panelists provided in-depth insight into the causes of child victimization and practical tools to address this serious problem.”        

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