Child abuse advocate to speak
September 14, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, IL – Betsy Pope Goulet, an advocate for children and the founding director of the Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center, which opened in 1989, will present, “From Penn State to State Policy: Child Sexual Abuse in our Communities.”
Her talk will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Thoresen Recital Hall in the Putnam/Springer Center at the corner of State and Clay streets on the MacMurray College campus. The talk is free and open to the public.
Goulet will talk about the hidden and under-reported tragedy of child sexual abuse. In spite of the vast media attention that has focused on the Penn State scandal, many Americans still do not understand that child sexual abuse happens each and every day in their neighborhoods, schools and homes. More than one in four Americans indicate that they have been in situations where they suspected abuse, but only 6 percent said they contacted authorities.
Goulet comes to the college as part of the 2012-13 MacMurray College Speaker Series, “Perspectives on Social Justice,” which explores a variety of aspects of the lives of the most vulnerable among us and efforts to achieve real freedom and equality. Goulet is currently a visiting instructor and doctoral candidate in the Public Administration Program at the University of Illinois Springfield.