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Child Abuse in the Military

Posted in the database on Tuesday, June 07th, 2005 @ 10:02:41 MST (5908 views)
from Whitley Strieber's Unknown Country  

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The Department of Defense is investigating the high rates of child abuse and homicides at military installations across the nation. Children living in military bases are twice as likely to be killed by a parent or caregiver than other children. Is this because military parents, who are schooled in violence, are more violent towards their kids? No one knows for sure.

The study examined all cases of child abuse in North Carolina from 1985 to 2000, in children from infancy through age 10. Four military installations (Ft. Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station) are in the two counties with the highest child death rates. Child abuse homicide is defined as the killing of a child by a parent or other person responsible for its health or welfare. Military families are defined as those with one or both parents on active duty.

"In this study period, the long-term patterns of child abuse homicides are not [a] coincidence," says psychologist Marcia Herman-Geddens, who conducted the study. "They suggest problems in and around North Carolina military families and military communities that predictably result in a consistently higher number and rate of child abuse homicides than in non-military communities."



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