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Animal Abuse: A Precursor to Child Abuse?

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This article is part 2 of 15 in the column BeAKidsHero™

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Abuse happens because a person wants to feel power over another being. Abusers typically start with something they can easily control, such as a family pet. But sadly the pet will not be the only victim.

Children’s advocates, social service workers, and mental health professionals all recognize a connection between animal abuse and child abuse. And so does law enforcement. In the FBI’s annual Crime in the United States report issued in February 2016, animal abuse was added to its listings of criminal acts because of its relation to more serious crimes. Read more

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