U.S.’s Child Abuse Worst in First World

    Donna Fryman, foreground, hammers a wooden cutout representing a child into place as Mary Rushing, background, sets out more of the cutouts as the two work to set up a display outside of the Fleming County Public Library in Flemingsburg, Ky. Wednesday, April 9, 2008 for Child Abuse Prevention Month. (AP Photo/Brian Hitch)

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    More than 20,000 American children are believed to have been killed in their own homes by family members in the last 10 years, nearly four times the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. A BBC investigation finds that the United States has the worst child-abuse record of all the industrialized nations. Every week, 66 children under 15 die from physical abuse or neglect in the First World, 27 of them in the U.S. Experts say teen pregnancy, high-school dropout rates, violent crime, imprisonment, and poverty are generally much higher in the United States.

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