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'In this recession, kids have not fared well'

Child abuse claims more lives than Iraq/Afghan wars

November 30, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Local people involved in the fight against child abuse were not particularly surprised to find that more American children have died from abuse or neglect than soldiers have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.

Fortunately, Southbridge hasn't added to that number itself in recent years, according to Detective Michael Sullivan, the police department's child abuse specialist.

He noted there really hasn't been a particular pattern among the cases he's investigating, and he sees all types, including neglect and emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

"It doesn't have anything to do with low income. I see cases with all [income] levels," he said. "A lot involve people who were abused themselves. People often use that as an excuse, but it is a factor."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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