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The Economic Burden of Child Sexual Abuse

One of the most important studies for the field of child abuse and neglect prevention was the Fang study, published in Child Abuse & Neglect in 2012. That study aimed to examine the economic burden to society for one year’s worth of substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect. A new study from Dr. Elizabeth Letourneau from Johns Hopkins University has a similar aim, but a more specific focus: child sexual abuse. In this research review, Dr. Bart Klika, our Chief Research and Strategy Officer, looks at some of the findings of this latest study and its implications for the field as a whole.



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