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14th Annual Mountain-West Conference on
Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
Preserving the Innocence of Children

The Fourteenth Annual Mountain-West Conference on Child Abuse and Domestic Violence was held July 30 and 31, 2020 at Weber State University. Over 643 parents and professionals from various outlining states received valuable information on child welfare, giving them hope and suggestions for the future.

The conference began with Emily Fisher, the mother of Elijah Fisher who died as a result of shaken baby syndrome at the age of 16 months. The audience followed Emily and her family through the short life and tragic death of her son as they watched the documenteray, Elijahs Story.

Later that afternoon, James E. Shaw, PhD, a nationally acclaimed speaker on school violence and author of Jack and Jill, Why They Kill, encouraged teachers and families to provide the same basic training for living as society expects before someone gets behind the wheel. Kids dont have the advocates they need, he said. They really, really dont.

Tuesday morning, Carole Jenny, MD, MBA, from Providence, Rhode Island, reviewed the sensitive issue of statutory rape and the effect it has on the victims development. She addressed the need for increased awareness and enforcement of laws to intervene on behalf of these young victims.

Later that afternoon, Kathy Lynn, BA, CCFE, from Vancouver, British Columbia expressed how youth violence, Internet access, street kids, fluctuating economies and todays changing family dynamics all make the job of raising children a challenging experience. She demonstrated how parents can make a difference in their childrens lives.

To receive information on next year's conference email . Information will be sent out May 2021.

Child Abuse Prevention Center of Utah
2955 Harrison Blvd. Ste. 104 Ogden, Utah 84403
(801) 393-3366

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