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Child Abuse and The Law 2378 Words 10 Pages Child abuse is a social problem that affects millions of children each  year. Not only does child abuse have multiple societal repercussions,  but also individual repercussions that produce lifelong scars. There are  many forms of child abuse; sexual, physical, verbal, and emotional.  Some of the facts presented in this paper will be painful to absorb. That does not change the fact that these problems must be addressed. It  has been reported that one out of three girls, and one out of seven  boys are sexually abused by the time they reach the age of 18. The  most prevalent form of child sexual abuse is now recognized to be,  incest. A study that showed approximately 27% of the women in every  state of the union, and 16% of the men said they had been sexually  abused as children. Child Abuse Laws Child abuse. Two words that should never have to be seen side by  side. Yet, child abuse is very much a reality in this world. Unfortunately, to wish otherwise would be the same as to wish for a perfect world.  We must do the best that we can as a society with the power of laws on our side to help the innocent young victims of child abuse. We have a  responsibility as human beings to do all that we can for these children.  Some of us fulfill this responsibility by promoting awareness, some by  donating time, money, or services, some by getting laws passed, and  some by enforcing laws that protect children from all kinds of abuse.  The purpose of this study was to research child abuse from all angles  to try to understand what we as a society may be doing wrong & also  what we may be doing right to help the young victims of child abuse. To
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look at all types of studies & compare them & try to break them down to better understand them. The first things that should be understood are  the characteristics of the offenders, the types of offenses, & some of  the societal issues that are listed as possible causes of child abuse.  Studies show that the characteristics of sexual abuse offenders are;  dependent, inadequate individuals with early family histories  characterized by conflict, disruption, abandonment, abuse, and  exploitation. In 1997, over 3 million children were reported for child  abuse and neglect to child protective service agencies in the U.S.  These figures have gone up from year to year approximately 1.7% per  year. Since 1985, the rate of child abuse fatalities has increased by  34%. Of these fatalities, 78% were children under the age of 5. 38%  were under one year of age.  The top 6 causes of child abuse listed were: 1. Drug addiction 2. 
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