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ERIC Number: ED080196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar-26
Pages: 10
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Testimony of Dr. David G. Gil, Brandeis University, at Hearings of U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Children and Youth on the "Child Abuse Prevention Act", S.1191 (93rd Congeess, 1st Session) March 26, 1973.
Gil, David G.
This testimony concerning physical abuse of children proposes a definition of child abuse and neglect based on the inherent equal worth of all children and a belief in their equal social, economic, civil, and political rights. Child abuse or neglect is considered the responsibility of individuals, institutions, and society as a whole with the underlying cultural cause of the rooted in widespread acceptance of physical discipline. Important trends indicate that the incidence rate of child abuse is higher among the disadvantaged segments of society; cases outside of the home tend to go unreported; and the problem is not confined to very young children. The witness argues for additions to the Child Abuse Prevention Act, including a clear definition of child abuse and neglect, a statement of children's rights, a rejection of all forms of physical force against children in the public domain, and specification of a minimal living standard for children. (DP)
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