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Crime and Criminal Behavior delves into such hotly debated topics as age of consent, euthanasia and assisted suicide, gambling, guns, internet pornography, marijuana and other drug laws, religious convictions, and terrorism and extremism. From using a faking I.D. to assaulting one’s domestic partner to driving drunk, a vast array of behaviors fit into the definition of criminal. The authors of these 20 chapters examine the historical contexts of each topic and offer arguments both for and against the ways in which legislators and courts have defined and responded to criminal behaviors, addressing the sometimes complex policy considerations involved. Sensitive subjects such as hate crimes are addressed, as are crimes carried out by large groups or states, including war crime and corporate crime. This volume also ...

Child Abuse
Child abuse

Children represent the innocence and good within a society. When members of society hear about the victimization of a child, it can be emotionally shattering. The impact of abuse on the child is immediate, but it also may go unrecognized by others for years or even decades. It is an expectation in American culture that children should grow up with a sense of well-being and comfort and that they have the support of parental or caretaker figures in whom to turn in times of need or when they have questions.

Yet the reality is that in an average year in the United States, approximately three million reports of child abuse are made to authorities—an average of one report every 10 seconds. However, the ...

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