One in five adults in the state of California who are living with children at their homes were beaten, kicked, or subjected to other forms of physical maltreatment as children. Additionally, one in ten were subjected to some form of sexual abuse, according to data released by the Central California Children’s Institute at California State University, Fresno.
Central California Children’s Institute director Cassandra Joubert said the number reported is likely the low end of the spectrum. As she put it, “I think these kinds of events within families are hush-hush, swept under the rug, not really talked about.” Joubert said singling out parents who were victims of sexual and physical abuse is essential to ending the cycle of violence because mistreated children have a tendency to be abusive towards their children as adults.
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