Are people who were abused as children more likely to become criminals later in life?
- Child abuse is a serious national problem involving all economic, ethnic, racial, and religious groups.
- Children are abused predominantly by parents, but other caregivers (babysitter) are not infrequent offenders.
- The major types of child abuse are physical, emotional, sexual, and neglect. Child neglect is the most frequent type of child abuse and the most lethal.
- If any suspicion of child abuse or neglect exists, a report should be filed with the appropriate agency. Good-faith reports are immune from prosecution. A local system for timely investigation and evaluation should be incorporated in all cases of child maltreatment.
- Prevention (education and counseling) is the best approach for the management of child abuse and neglect.