By Sara LaJeunesse
UNIVERSITY PARK – Kristen Eisenbraun Houser, vice president of communications and development for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, will present a talk at 6 p.m. Oct. 25, in the Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Protecting Our Communities: Understanding Offender Behavior.” A reception with refreshments will follow the presentation.
In her talk, Houser, who is an alumnus of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, will discuss the latest research on people who commit sexual offenses and will challenge some of the ideas commonly held in communities regarding sexual offenders. The lecture is the first in a new series that is supported by the de Lissovoy Program Support Endowment for the Protection of Children in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and the Human Development and Family Studies Undergraduate Student Organization.
“People who commit sex offenses invoke incredible fear among communities and are often used as political hot-topics, particularly when children are victims,” Houser said. “The words ‘pedophile’ and ‘predator’ often are used haphazardly and incorrectly to describe anyone who sexually abuses children. By better understanding the people who commit sex offenses we can learn how to prevent and intervene in sexual abuse cases and ultimately enhance community safety.”