A national survey showed that more than 9 percent of children were victims of sexual abuse in 2010, although the crime is severely underreported, according to Kate Staley, a Penn State researcher and co-organizer of the October conference.
Topics to be addressed include the traumatic impact of child sexual abuse, methods of treatment and prevention, legal issues and the characteristics of pedophiles, including their use of the Internet.
The keynote speaker is Leonard, the ex-boxer who has revealed he was abused as a child. The event will close with remarks from Smart, a Utah woman who was abducted from her home in 2002 at age 14 and sexually abused during nine months in captivity.
The public is invited, and organizers are hoping for a robust turnout, university spokeswoman Jill Shockey said Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a post-trial hearing transcript unsealed Wednesday revealed that a prosecutor in the Sandusky case said a lot of incriminating evidence wasn't presented to the jury that convicted him.
Chief Deputy Attorney General Frank Fina did not offer details of the additional evidence at the hearing, which was held four days after Sandusky was convicted.
"I'm talking about incriminating information beyond that which was presented during the trial," Fina told a judge. "There's a great deal of that in the discovery. Evidence that, for a variety of reasons, the commonwealth didn't utilized but was highly incriminating of Mr. Sandusky."
Sandusky awaits sentencing and will spend the rest of his life in prison.