Children speaking up about crime, abuse: study
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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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