Community Cafe

Community Cafés on the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

State College, Pennsylvania

The “Community Cafes on the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse” is a series of facilitated community conversations set in the casual atmosphere of a café, with people seated at small tables, sharing their thoughts and listening attentively to others on the topic of child sexual abuse.  After answering a series of guided questions, with participants changing tables between questions, everyone engages in a “harvest” of ideas in a town hall style meeting.

The Community Cafes were started locally by several area faith organizations as a faith community response to the Sandusky child abuse scandal that brought widespread attention both locally and nationally to this serious problem.

The goal of the Community Cafes is to reduce the incidence of childhood sexual abuse by engaging a broad cross-section of the public in dialogue that leads to positive action both individually and collectively.

The Community Cafes are based on The World Café Model which is being used to solve complex problems worldwide.  (Click here for more details.)  

In Febuary 2013, experienced World Café trainer Marilyn Anderson trained 16 local facilitators in the World Café Process.  These local facilitators will continue leading monthly Community Cafes on the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse.

We are asking local churches and faith organizations to host these conversations and promote them among their congregations.


  • Cafés are open to the public.  To attend, just come and check in.  No reservations required. 
  • To host a future Café:  Contact Eileen or Jean.
  • To share your thoughts online:  Find us on Facebook then browse and comment on the artistic renderings from previous cafes.

Defend A Child proudly supports The Community Cafés team and their thoughtful approach to developing grassroots leadership. 

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