Child and adolescent psychiatrists who treat emotionally vulnerable child abuse victims have stated in three surveys that publicity of these children’s stories may increase their mental health problems and make treatment more difficult and protracted. After a year of studying other open court systems as well as its own, the Connecticut Juvenile Access Pilot Program Advisory Board on Dec. 31 recommended against presumptively open juvenile courts.
The world’s largest organization of children’s attorneys, the National Association of Council for Children, opposes open juvenile courts like those envisioned in the pilot project proposed by California’s AB 73.
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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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