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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 02:36 PM

Awareness, enforcement help reduce child sex abuse

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Source: AP-EXCITE

By BETH J. HARPAZ


NEW YORK (AP) - Increased public awareness of how child predators operate, along with better law enforcement and policies to protect children, may be helping to reduce child sex abuse despite this year's headlines about cases connected to institutions like Penn State, the Boy Scouts and the BBC.

A recent report from the University of New Hampshire's Crimes Against Children Research Center found incidents of child sexual abuse have been declining in the U.S. for 20 years, with some statistics showing decreases as steep as 60 percent.

The findings may be surprising given the high-profile cases in the news. But many of those incidents took place years, sometimes decades, ago. Ironically, experts say, publicity surrounding such scandals may help reduce the problem.

"One or two or even five or 10 high publicity cases are not going to stop the problem in its tracks," said David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center and a UNH sociology professor. "But there is a lot of evidence that the greater awareness and actions taken to improve safety in the wake of these things does reduce the amount of abuse."

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Read more: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20121128/DA2R4L280.html




In this Oct. 9, 2012 file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, is taken from the Centre County Courthouse by Centre County Sheriff Denny Nau, left, and a deputy, after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa. Increased public awareness of how child predators operate, along with better law enforcement and policies to protect children, may be helping to reduce child sex abuse despite this year's headlines about cases connected to institutions like Penn State, the Boy Scouts and the BBC. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 03:10 PM

1. I like being reminded that consciousness raising & education DO make a difference

We apparently need even more consciousness raising and action.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 03:15 PM

2. Reporting laws help a lot. Sad that it didn't help much

in the Sandusky case, though.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 03:27 PM

3. Related news.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014319682

The Child Protection Act of 2012 has now passed both the Senate and House of Representatives and awaits the President’s signature.


http://protect.org/emergency/1561

Key Findings from: “Child Pornography Possessors Arrested in Internet-Related Crimes”

University of New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Research Center
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice, 2005


Dunno, but maybe the OP source is now a 'captured' entity. OTOH, http://protect.org/ remains fully vetted, trustworthy, and where you can find the best news on the field.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 03:47 PM

4. Locking

Does not fit the SoP of this Forum. Please consider posting it in another Forum.

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