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The Canisius College Joseph J. Naples ’41 Conversations in Christ & Culture Lecture and Performance Series presents Mary Gail Frawley-O’Dea on Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Regis Room of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Frawley-O’Dea is the clinical director at Presbyterian Samaritan Counseling Center in Charlotte, NC and a specialist in trauma psychology. Her first book, Treating the Adult Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Psychoanalytic Perspective, has become a classic text in this field.

Frawley-O’Dea is perhaps more well-known for her public role as an advocate for victims in the Catholic sexual abuse scandal. She was the only psychologist invited to address the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, as they crafted a response to the sexual abuse crisis in the Church.

Her involvement with the scandal resulted in two books: Perversion of Power: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church and Predatory Priests, Silenced Victims: The Sexual Abuse Crisis and the Catholic Church.

For more information about O’Dea’s lecture or The Joseph J. Naples Conversations in Christ and Culture Lecture and Performance Series, click here or contact Timothy Wadkins, PhD, professor of religious studies and director of Institute for Global Study of Religion, at Ext. 2824.

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