Volume 3 Number
In This Issue......
Child abuse does not
discriminate. It spans all racial, gender, socio-economic and demographic
boundaries. While it may be more likely to be reported and thus reflected in
greater numbers of cases involving lower income families, it is by no means a
problem limited to members of one economic or racial group.
Child Sexual Abuse
Child sexual abuse has
been at the center of unprecedented public attention during the last
decade. All fifty states and the District of Columbia have enacted
statutes identifying child sexual abuse as criminal behavior. This crime
encompasses different types of sexual activity. Perpetrators of child
sexual abuse come from different age groups, genders, races and
includes two categories: children who have been taken, and those
who have left. Increasing legislative efforts, specialized
training for criminal justice professionals, along with the establishment
of non-profit organizations, reflects the country's profound concern about
the issue of missing children.