Boston Globe reporter headlines child abuse conference

Democrat and Chronicle

Victoria E. Freile and Tina MacIntyre-Yee, Democrat and Chronicle Published April 27, 2017

A reporter who was part of The Boston Globe investigative team to uncover the Catholic church’s cover-up of clergy sex abuse is the keynote speaker at a child abuse conference in Rochester.

“If someone doesn’t have the courage to speak up, problems will persist,” said Sacha Pfeiffer, who was part of the paper’s Spotlight investigative team than won a Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2003. The same team was featured in the 2015 film by the same name, which won the 2016 Academy Award for Best Picture. “The damage that something like sexual abuse does plays out through your entire life.”

More than 750 people from across the country are taking part in the two-day conference at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, said Mary Whittier, executive director for the Bivona Child Advocacy Center in Rochester.

The summit features workshops for child abuse experts ranging from cyber crime, technology and trauma assessment and treatment.

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