monkey-bars-smiles.jpgThe U.S. appears to be trending towards being a safer place for children, with researchers reporting a striking 26 percent decrease in the incidence of child abuse and neglect between 1993 and 2006.

The mammoth study, congressionally mandated and completed by the federal government  documents an unprecedented and dramatic decrease in incidents of serious child abuse, especially sexual abuse. Experts hailed the findings as proof that crackdowns and public awareness campaigns had made headway.

(Read more in the Associated Press story via NPR)

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