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June 20, 2008

Hanser to speak at the World Forum on Women's Rights in Korea

ULM assistant professor of criminal justice Dr. Rob Hanser will travel to Seoul, Korea, July 14 – 18, as a guest speaker at the World Forum on Women's Rights in Korea.

He will present on the United States system's policy and practice regarding victims and offenders of juvenile/child sex offenses. South Korea is constructing new reform legislation in this area and is interested in how the United States addresses this type of criminal activity.

Hanser said that one of his key areas of expertise in research is domestic violence, including sex offenses. “I have researched these and related topics on several occasions and have published several pieces on juvenile sex offending and juvenile sexual victimization. I was also an intern therapist at a domestic abuse shelter for children and adolescents, several of whom had trauma issues related to sexual abuse.”

The Organization Committee for the World Forum on Women's Rights will pay all expenses in addition to an $800 speaker’s fee. Hanser intends to donate his payment to the ULM Institute of Law Enforcement.

He also welcomes the opportunity to strengthen ties with his colleagues in Asia, as ULM will co-host the Ninth Annual Conference for the Asian Association of Policing Sept. 30 – Oct. 3 in Lafayette.

“I think that this will definitely represent ULM in a positive manner,” Hanser said.

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