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Society's Role
Society's role

THE UNDENIABLE REALITIES and effects of child abuse and neglect in our society are being recognized increasingly as everyone's responsibility. Although few severely abused children actually kill their parents, these children are at a much higher risk of becoming delinquent or socially dependent than are children who are treated well by concerned and loving parents or guardians.1

Despite the increased public attention given to child mistreatment, many people are unclear about what to do when confronted with this problem. Almost seven years after the double homicide, Terry Adams, whose case introduced this book, had a strong message for teachers:

A kid has a black eye, be inquisitive, don't ask him in front of the other classmates, don't never confront [the child]. You can see ...

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