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Child Abuse Laws

Child abuse includes physical and mental harm, neglect, and sexual abuse of a minor, and is prosecuted as a serious crime in every state. The crime typically is prosecuted as assault and battery or child endangerment and can result in the termination of parental rights or incarceration. This sub-section of FindLaw's Family Law Center includes articles and resources to help you understand 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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