mistreatment of a child by a parent or guardian, including neglect, beating, and sexual molestation.
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- child benefit,
- child bride,
- child custody,
- child endowment,
- child guidance
Origin of child abuse
First recorded in 1970–75
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Examples from the Web for child abuse
No one knows the sordid details of the child-abuse scandal better than Clohessy.
Another group found 65,700 child-abuse cases in 2009 in comparison with roughly 150,000 cases in 1992.The Penn State Scandal: 7 Facts About Child Sex Abuse|Lizzie Crocker|November 22, 2011|DAILY BEAST
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