November 3, 2017

The Child-Friendly Faith Project’s founder Janet Heimlich and CFFP board member Dr. Jaime Romo will speak at the International Cultic Studies Association’s 2017 Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on November 3rd.

The topic of their talk will be “Beyond Cults: Religious Child Maltreatment in ‘Mainstream’ Religious Environments.” Click here to see the agenda of the conference.

October 8, 2017

Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago

“Exposing Religious Child Maltreatment”

What are the risk factors of religious child maltreatment and how we can better protect children?

November 3, 2017

International Cultic Studies Association

“Religious Child Maltreatment in ‘Mainstream’ Religious Environments”

Santa Fe, New Mexico

June 30 & July 3, 2016

“The Solution to End Religious Child Maltreatment”

International Cultic Studies Association’s 2016 Annual International Conference in Dallas, Texas. Janet will speak on a panel with Rev. Charles Foster Johnson and Cindy Kunsman. Learn more about this event here.

June 27, 2015

Working with Faith Communities to End Religious Child Maltreatment”

International Cultic Studies Association’s 2015 Annual International Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. The theme of the event was “Children in High-Control Groups” and featured speakers who are experts in religious child maltreatment and other related fields. You may read Janet’s paper on her topic by clicking here.

North Carolina Speaking Tour
March 15 – 19, 2015
October 11, 2014 (Q&A on October 12)

“What Is Religious Child Maltreatment? How Do We Stop It?”

ExMormon Foundation Conference

Salt Lake City, UT

August 14 – 15, 2014
July 25, 2014

GE confernce 7-25-14Conference on Children’s Rights

University of Colorado

Boulder, CO

April 8, 2014 – 7-9:00pm
St Eds symposium

Rev. Dr. Carla Cheatham, Janet Heimlich, Fr. George Mulligan, Fr. Peter Walsh, Dr. James Puglisi

“Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment”

St. Edwards University
Jones Auditorium (in the Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center)
3001 S. Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704



Sunday, March 2, 2014 – 10:00am-noon CST

“Religious Child Maltreatment: What is it? How do we stop it?”

Ethical Society of Austin

5604 Manor Road
Austin, Texas 78723

Sunday, June 2, 2013 – 11:30am PST

pilgrimPresentation to the Pilgrim United Church of Christ


Saturday, June 1, 2013, 9:00 – 11:00am PST


Symposium sponsored by the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

American Humanist Association Conference 2013, San Diego, CA

Watch the panel discussion here.


Sunday, April 14, 2013, 2pm CST


Organized by the St. Andrews Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society of Wales.

Thursday – Sunday, March 28 – 31, 2013
United Kingdom Tour 2013!
Tuesday, March 5, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Thursday, March 7, 1:00 – 2:30pm

“Doug’s Lunch,” Balliol College at the University of Oxford

Sunday, March 10, 2:00 – 3:30pm (NEW DATE/TIME!)
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Conway Hall, London

Conway Hall, London

Sunday, March 10, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Monday, March 11, 7:00 – 9:00pm

Milton Keynes Humanists, Stony Stratford

Tuesday, March 12, 7:30 – 9:30pm

“Secular Matters,” Bishops Castle Town Hall

Shropshire SY9 5BG

Thursday, March 14, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Thursday, March 14, 8:00 – 10:00pm
Sunday, March 17, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Leicester Secularist Society

Leicester Secular Society, Leicester, England

Leicester Secular Society, Leicester

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 7:00 – 9:00pm

Click here to see the writeup in the Leicester Secularist.

Central London Humanist Book Group, London

Saturday, January 19, 2013, 12:30pm – 2pm
December 2, 2012, 10am – Noon
October 7, 2012, 9:30 – 10:45am
July 17, 2012, 7 – 9pm

Speaking at Bluestockings bookstore, New York

Bluestockings Bookstore

New York, NY

“Christianity’s Impact on Male and Female Circumcision in the United States”

July 5 – 7, 2012

“What is Religious Child Maltreatment”

International Cultic Studies Association Conference
Montreal, CANADA

July 4, 2012, 7pm

“The Religious Roots of Male and Female Genital Cutting”

CCGLM (Centre communautaire gai et lesbienne de Montreal – Montreal gay and Lesbian community centre)
Montreal, CANADA

June 26, 2012, 6:30pm

Toronto Women’s Bookstore

“The Religious Roots of Male and Female Genital Cutting”
Toronto Women’s Bookstore
Toronto, CANADA

June 11, 2012

“Religious Child Maltreatment: What is it? How do we stop it?”

New Orleans Healing Center
New Orleans, LA

June 7 – 10, 2012

“Religious Child Maltreatment: What is it? How do we stop it?”

American Humanist Association Conference
New Orleans, LA

April 22, 2012, 11:00am

“Religious Child Maltreatment: What is it? How do we stop it?”
Athiests United General Meeting
4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA

April 21, 2012, 10:00am – Noon

Atheists United monthly meeting, Los Angeles

Book Signing

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Atheists United booth #994
University of Southern California

April 20, 2012, 6:00pm
L.A. party

Wonderful gathering in Los Angeles!

Appearing with Richard Carrier as he launches Proving History: Bayes’s Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus
Los Angeles, CA
By invitation only

March 14, 2012, 6:45pm

“Religious Child Maltreatment: What is it? How do we stop it?”

Free Inquiry Group
Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45243

March 1, 2012, 7:00pm

San Antonio Writers Guild

“Writing a controversial non-fiction book”
San Antonio Writers Guild
Bethany Congregational Church, 500 Pilgram Rd., San Antonio, TX

December 11, 2011, 12:30am

Talk over lunch: “Religious Child Maltreatment”

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix
4027 East Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ

December 9, 2011, 9am

Speaking on “Authoritarian Beliefs that Result in Abused Children”

Defenders of Children Conference
Temple Beth Israel, Plotkin Judeaic Museum, Phoenix, AZ
(Only licensed professionals may attend. A public event will soon be scheduled in Phoenix.)

December 6, 2011, 7pm

Speaking on “Religious Child Maltreatment”

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe
107 W. Barcelona, Santa Fe, NM

December 5, 2011, 8:05am

Guest on the Santa Fe Radio Cafe show with Mary-Charlotte Domandi

Santa Fe Baking Co.
504 W. Cordova Rd., Santa Fe, New Mexico

October 16, 2011, 7pm

Discussion and book signing

University Temple United Methodist Church
1415 Northeast 43rd Street, Seattle, WA

October 14, 2011, 7pm

Book release party at private residence in Seattle, WA

September 14, 2011, 6:30 – 7:15pm (dinner begins at 5:30pm)

Presentation: “Can Religion Be Bad for Kids?”
First Baptist Church of Austin
901 Trinity Street, Austin, TX

September 7, 2011, 7pm

Film screening: “Cut: Slicing through the Myths of Circumcision”

Presenting with director Eliyahu Ungar-Sargon
Villas at Stone Oak Ranch, 13021 Legendary Dr., Austin

August 11, 2011, 10 – 11:30am

Workshop: “Investigating Cases of Religious Child Maltreatment”

Crimes Against Children Conference
Sheraton Dallas Hotel, 400 N. Olive St., Dallas, TX

July 18, 2011, 7 – 9pm

Lecture: “Religious Child Maltreatment”
Center for Inquiry
Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway, Austin, TX

 July 17, 2011, 3 – 6pm

Book Festival
Book woman, 5501 N. Lamar, Austin, TX

July 14, 2011, 7:00pm


Borders Books & Music, 430 Gorham Rd., South Portland, ME

July 7, 2011, 7:00pm

breaking their will booksigning

Joseph Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH

June 12, 2011, 10:30am – Noon

Presentation: “Religious Child Maltreatment”

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Austin
Amerian Legion Bldg., 404 Atlanta St., Austin

June 11, 2011, 3:30 – 5:30pm

Book launch party

House Wine, 408 Josephine, Austin, TX

June 4, 2011, 8:30 – 10:00am

Panel discussion: “Engaging Faith Communities”
Global Summit on Ending Corporal Punishment and Promoting Positive Discipline
Fairmont Hotel, 1717 N. Akard St., Dallas, TX

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