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Forum Explores Child Abuse in Kenya

Jan 15, 2009
Ohio Northern University presents the Phi Beta Delta International Forum Tuesday, Jan. 20, from 7 to 8 p.m. in Dicke 230. Dr. Carol Plummer, assistant professor of social work at Louisiana State University, will discuss child sexual abuse in Kenya.

Titled "The Worldwide Epidemic of Sexual Abuse: Current Efforts in Kenya," Plummer's presentation will consist of a lecture and question-and-answer session.

A native of Paulding County, Ohio, Plummer has devoted her life's work to understanding the effects of trauma, especially interpersonal violence, on children and families. Her earlier work examined the effectiveness of child sexual abuse prevention efforts and explored how families experience sexual abuse. She moved to Baton Rouge to teach social work at LSU just one month before Hurricane Katrina hit. Following the tragedy, she expanded her work to the effects of disaster trauma on families, children and social work students. For the past three years, she has worked with projects and programs in India and Kenya, where she continues to promote anti-violence and trauma-recovery work.

Plummer has published a host of articles and participated in a broad range of academic and professional conferences, workshops and training sessions. Additionally, she has served on editorial boards for the "Journal of Child Sexual Abuse," "Journal of Emotional Abuse" and "Journal of Interpersonal Violence." She also was an ad hoc reviewer for the "International Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect" and the "Violence Against Women Journal."

Phi Beta Delta is the Honor Society for International Scholars. Founded in 1987, nominees for membership in the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Delta include outstanding faculty, staff, students and alumni. The Society hopes to integrate those who possess a deep commitment to international affairs, education and research. One of the functions of the Gamma Upsilon Chapter has been to create a regular forum in which international affairs can be discussed using University sources and by seeking prominent individuals with varied experience in international affairs recruited from beyond the University community

This event is free and open to the public.

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