Kids' exposure to abuse tracked - - Jackson, MS

Kids' exposure to abuse tracked

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A new study tracking trends for childhood exposure to violence and abuse finds 41% of children experienced some sort of physical assault in 2011.

Researchers say siblings and friends were often responsible for less serious incidents but 10% were injured as a result of assaults.

Two-percent experienced sexual assault or abuse in the last year although the rate was five times higher for girls ages 14 to 17.

-Study led by researchers at University of New Hampshire and published in 'JAMA Pediatrics'

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