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Study Finds Child Abuse Down Significantly

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Finally some good news for a change! According to a congressionally mandated study, child abuse has significantly declined since the early 1990s.

How much of a decline are we looking at? Physical, sexual and emotional abuse combined dropped 26 percent between 1993 and 2006, and when you look at sexual abuse alone, the drop was significant: 38%.

Of course, this study ends in 2006, before our current recession, and it's true that America in 2010 is not the same place it was four years ago. But it is also important to remember that while there have been fears that crime would increase due to the rise in poverty, this has not actually occurred. In fact, the U.S. crime rate was actually lower in 2009, than it was the previous year. Let's hope this trend also holds for crimes against children.