Children severely injured or sexually molested, the helpless victims of child abuse and neglect – the cases still haunt Alex Gardner, the Lane County district attorney. He calls child abuse the biggest local crime problem in Lane County (Eugene, OR).
“I’d say it’s right at the top of our list of concerns,” he said. “Children are our most precious resource and harm done to them early on is harm that tends to be reflected through their lives.”
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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