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Child Abuse Laws

Child abuse includes physical and mental harm, neglect, and sexual abuse of a minor. All states treat child abuse allegations seriously. The crime typically plays out in the legal system through assault and battery or child endangerment charges. These cases can result in the termination of parental rights and/or incarceration.

Here you can find state and federal child abuse laws, including state-specific summaries of relevant laws; an overview of mandatory reporting requirements for teachers, doctors, and others who may have close access to children; an overview of child abuse cases; and a historical background of child abuse laws in the United States.

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