One Heart event focuses on reporting child abuse

Video posted November 14, 2012 in News by Eric Visintainer and Alyse Horn


Dulce-Marie Flecha, junior-English, organized a speaker event early evening on Tuesday with her colleagues from the student-run One Heart organization.

The presentation was conducted by Law Professor Lucy Johnston-Walsh from Carlisle, Pa., who is also the director of the Children's Advocacy Clinic.  Johnston-Walsh talked about the Penn State community as well as individual's responsibility and the lawful processes involving child abuse cases.

The speech touched subjects, such as what constitutes child abuse, who is required to report, the reporting requirements and difference in terms of sexual abuse from other states to Pennsylvania. And then a Q&A session.

Flecha decided to attend the event because her mother runs a foster care home, so she notes that there is continuity when the children change from one foster care to another. Additionally, she says the small turn out actually benefited her experience because this way she was able to connect with the speaker in a more personal level. And she plans to have other events like this in the future.

One Heart organization recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The group started raising funds after the Jerry Sandusky's scandal broke out. In addition, One Heart raises awareness and support for The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape Vision of Hope Fund, PCAR.

(Video by Eric Visintainer, edited by Alyse Horn)

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