Scholarships, medical session available at 21st Annual Child Abuse Conference

SIOUX FALLS, SD – The 21st Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference added an in-person pre-conference event that features sessions geared toward medical practitioners and offers scholarships for those professionals to attend.

This includes individuals who may treat victims of child sexual abuse and neglect.

Dr. Nancy Free, Shelly Hruby and Kirsten Persson of Child’s Voice at Sanford Health will present the session “The Many Facets of Sexual Abuse: Trauma, Dynamics, and Legal Aspects.” Sexual abuse and sexual assault occur in every population. Knowledge regarding the wide-ranging impact and long-term consequences of sexual abuse and sexual assault is important for all dealing with primary and secondary victims. The trauma of sexual abuse and sexual assault can be mitigated or increased, depending on the responses of those interacting with victims. This presentation will use a series of case presentations to demonstrate principles of trauma-informed care, the dynamics of sexual abuse regarding disclosure, and linguistic and cultural considerations when addressing sexual abuse and sexual assault.

See a full schedule at In-person registration ends Sept. 21 so sign up today!

Scholarships are available for medical professionals and other multidisciplinary team members that are specifically serving victims of sexual assault or abuse (funding guidelines exclude Minnehaha, Pennington, and Lincoln Counties). **Hotel and mileage can be reimbursed.


The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM),, is the first organization to join local, tribal, state and federal efforts in the fight against child sexual abuse and other forms of maltreatment in South Dakota. CPCM was born out of the work of Jolene’s Law Task Force, established through SDCL 2-6-31 and its comprehensive 10-year plan to help South Dakotans know of, respond to and prevent child sexual abuse. The center’s director is Carrie Sanderson.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.