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    Child Abuse Research Children speaking up about crime, abuse: study (2011-01-03) CHICAGO (Reuters) - Children are
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      Children speaking up about crime, abuse: study (2011-01-03)
      CHICAGO (Reuters) - Children are increasingly stepping forward and
      telling school officials, doctors and the police when they have been the
      victims of crime or abuse, U.S. researchers said on Monday. A telephone
      survey of more than 4,500 U.S. children and teens done in 2008 found
      that nearly half who experienced violence, abuse or crime told someone
      at school, the police or a doctor or nurse. That compares with 25
      percent of cases in a similar study done in 1992, David Finkelhor of the
      University of New Hampshire and colleagues reported in the Archives of
      Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine....

      More than 58 percent of the children and teens said they had been
      personally victimized at least once in the past year. This included
      bullying but did not include witnessing crime, such as domestic assault.
      Nearly 46 percent said they had informed authorities of the
      victimization. This was especially true of more serious problems. For
      example, authorities had been told about 69 percent of the cases of
      sexual abuse by a known adult.

      But children also spoke up about other problems, with 51.5 percent
      telling someone about emotional bullying, 48 percent telling someone
      about neglect and 47 percent telling authorities about a theft....

      "That 58.3 percent of the children and adolescents in the study sample
      reported at least one direct victimization incident within the past year
      speaks to the enormity of the problem of victimization experienced by
      children and adolescents in our society," Drs. Andrea Gottsegen Asnes
      and John Leventhal of Yale University School of Medicine in Connecticut
      wrote in a commentary in the same journal.


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