Lincoln University is to host a conference Thursday and Friday that is aimed at protecting male victims of abuse.
The Missouri Abuse Conference is to feature experts who will discuss why sexual abuse of males is often misunderstood and rarely discussed, according to a program flier. They will also discuss the emotional toll it takes on victims.
Participants are to obtain valuable tools to improve investigations, prosecute cases, serve survivors and prevent sexual abuse.
The seminar is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, and 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday at Richardson Auditorium. Snacks and drinks will be available. Register at eventbrite.com/e/show-me-a-helping-hand-tickets-42680685078.
Speakers are to include Mic Hunter, a clinical psychologist who will discuss shame and the impact of gender roles. He will also discuss expectations of prosecutors, judges and juries.
David Lisak is a forensic consultant who will discuss changes in brain function affecting how people behave during and after trauma.
The conference is presented by the Task Force on Children's Justice, whose mission is to assist Missouri in developing, establishing and operating programs designed to improve child welfare. The task force focuses on the handling of child abuse and neglect cases, handling of child abuse-related fatalities, prosecution of child abuse cases and handling of cases involving children with disabilities.