There's so much bad news around that it's nice to hear some good news for a change: Child abuse declined nationally in 2008 compared to 2007, according to a report by an agency that monitors crimes against children (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to these shows). This particularly interests those of us who monitor UFO contacts, because one poll done by a psychologist postulated that 10% of them had experienced child abuse, something that may have "cracked the cosmic egg," enabling them to see the Visitors.
Sexual abuse declined 6%, physical abuse 3% and neglect 2%. The new report also found that child maltreatment fatalities stayed stable from 2007 to 2008. the recent declines represent a continuation of a large downward trend for physical and sexual abuse that is now over 15 years in length. Sociologist David Finkelhor says, "The long-improvement for sexual and physical abuse may be related to a generation-long effort to educate and respond more effectively and aggressively to the problem."
These trends are noteworthy, because 2008 marked the first full year of the current recession, and economic downturns are generally thought to be associated with increased family stress and child maltreatment. Finkelhor says,
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