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Articles August 2014 and October 2014

August 11, 2014

US: Child Maltreatment May Actually Be Declining
To the surprise of many, the rate of victimization significantly dropped from 2003 to 2011 for slightly over half of the variables studied, including rates of bullying, assault victimization, sexual victimization, as well as youth perpetrating acts of violence and property crime against others.

August 12, 2014

CA: Team 10 investigates delayed abuse report by school officials (Includes video)
Team 10 learned a San Diego Unified School District employee made a sexually inappropriate remark to a 9-year-old girl. Now, questions are being raised about why the district waited to tell police.

August 19, 2014

US: Childhood neglect may turn boys into violent adults
The study indicated that while physical abuse is a significant contributor to violent behaviour, physical neglect alone is an even stronger predictor of male adolescent violence than physical abuse, or even physical abuse and neglect combined.

September 19, 2014

US: Is Corporal Punishment Abuse? Why That's A Loaded Question
Over the past week, Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings' all-world running back and one of the NFL's biggest stars, has become the face of corporal punishment in America. Peterson turned himself in to police over the weekend on charges of child abuse after he allegedly hit his son with a switch that left welts on his body. Gateway Resource: Discipline Versus Abuse:

September 20, 2014

Understanding black America and the spanking debate:
The NFL football star Adrian Peterson's child abuse scandal has sparked a national debate in America about spanking children and the growing illegality of certain kinds of "abusive" corporal punishments. In a personal piece, author Stacey Patton describes the complex legacy of corporal punishment in black America.

Child Welfare Information Gateway Resource: Discipline Versus Abuse:

September 30, 2014

CA: Governor signs bill requiring annual child abuse reporting training
Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday requiring annual child abuse reporting training for all of California's teachers and school employees.

October 08, 2014

US: Childhood psychological abuse as harmful as sexual or physical abuse
Children who are emotionally abused and neglected face similar and sometimes worse mental health problems as children who are physically or sexually abused, yet psychological abuse is rarely addressed in prevention programs or in treating victims, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association.

October 08, 2014

CA: Police Commission to consider new rules on domestic violence calls involving children
Several activist groups involved in the process commend the department for taking big strides in handling domestic violence inside and outside the force, but they worry that blunt efforts to protect children by alerting the division, also known as Child Welfare, too often could have a chilling effect on already-reluctant victims of domestic violence. In some communities, activists say, any interaction with child welfare workers raises fears of having children taken away.

October 09, 2014

US: SCOTUS to hear Ohio case, decide whether mandatory reporters are "agents of law enforcement" under Confrontation Clause
Mandatory reporter duties-which in most states apply to protect not only children, but also the elderly and/or disabled-vary widely across states. If the Supreme Court held that such a duty automatically makes one an agent of law enforcement, the term might cease to have meaning in the many states whose laws require members of the general public to report abuse.

October 19, 2014

TN: Tennessee Holds Parents Accountable For Children Born Addicted (Includes audio)
NPR's Arun Rath talks to Tennessee obstetrician Jessica Young about a recent law that allows police to arrest mothers who give birth to a child testing positive for drugs.