US Witnesses Significant Decline in Violence against Children

The past decade witnessed a significant decline in violence against children, finds a new study on child safety in the US. Sociologists termed the decline to be 'truly amazing'.

The study carried out through the Crimes Against Children Research Center found the reductions persistent even in the economic recession period from 2008 to 2011. The study's result is based on three telephonic surveys carried out in 2003, 2008 and 2011.

The surveys included children and teens between the ages two and 17 years old. There were 50 trends that were covered in the study. 27 substantial declines were registered while there was no significant rise in rest of the factors, between 2003 and 2011.

Greater declines were witnessed in attack victimization, physical violence and sexual victimizations. Perpetration of violence and property crime also saw significant declines. Study researchers were happy to affirm that the recession period did not lead to a period of more violence and crime.

"We often assume tension and also dislocation that occurs all through an economic recession can exacerbate conflicts and crime and violence, however it appears not have been the situation typically in the newest recession", affirmed study's lead author David Finkelhor.

The report also included improvements made in other areas including decline in the secondary school dropout rates, reduction in number of missing children, drop in teenage pregnancy and teen sexual behaviour getting more responsible.

Assaults and general bullying incidents have declined considerably and also crimes against children with low-earning families and different castes and color. The study has been publsihed in the JAMA Paediatrics.