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    Reporting Child Abuse—Obligations, Procedures and Pitfalls Examined

    In the wake of the national scandal at Penn State University involving allegations of child sexual abuse and cover up by officials, the Wecht Intstitute of Forensic Science and Law is examining accountability in reporting child abuse when it kicks off its spring Forensic Friday seminars on Friday, Jan. 20.

    Reporting Child Abuse: Obligations, Procedures and Pitfalls will feature experts who will address the legal and ethical aspects and issues involved when pursuing such allegations.

    The seminar's panelists and presenters include:

    • Joan Mills and Sara Gluzma, respectively the manager and a forensic interviewer at A Child's Place at Mercy, who are responsible for evaluating alleged victims of child abuse
    • Bruce Noel, intake manager for the Allegheny County Department of Children, Youth and Families
    • Soo Song, first assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, who prosecutes crimes against children
    • Detective April-Noelle Campbell, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, where she works with the Sex Assault Family Crisis Unit
    • Charles R. LoPresti, criminal defense attorney.

    "In a society rife with suspected and actual physical and sexual abuses of children that often go unreported or are reported erroneously, we felt it important to do our part to shed light on the legal and ethical obligations facing those with knowledge or suspicion of such incidents," said Ben Wecht, program administrator for the institute.

    Reporting Child Abuse, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Africa Room of the Duquesne Union, has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board for five (5) hours of substantive CLE credit and one (1) hour of ethics CLE credit. The cost is $60 per person for the general public, $20 for non-Duquesne students, $90 for public attorneys, government employees and nurses, $70 for teachers and $75 for private attorneys.

    For more information on the Forensic Fridays seminars and to register, call 412.396.1330, email or visit

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