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W.Va. Law Review hosts forum on child abuse

Oct. 29, 2012 @ 07:39 AM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Child abuse and neglect are at epidemic levels across West Virginia, and some of the state’s brightest minds will discuss how to improve the system that’s supposed to protect them.

The West Virginia Law Review is hosting a Nov. 8 discussion at the West Virginia University College of Law. It’s free and open to the public.

Editor Michael Bush says the Law Review wants to use its resources to bring together leaders and practitioners.

Five experts at the symposium will address current statistics and the laws surrounding these crimes, as well as preventative strategies.

Pediatrician Claudia Gold will discuss “childism,” or the theory that adults perceive of children as property to serve the adults’ needs.

She’s director of Early Childhood Social Emotional Health Program at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts.