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NCCASP's resolution urging states to make child torture a felony offense is now American Bar Association policy

February 13, 2019

The resolution based on NCCASP research  urged states to amend existing laws or enact new laws to clearly define child torture and ensure child torture a felony offense regardless of whether a serious physical injury occurred. 

 

For example, weeks of being locked in a closet, bound, and intentionally starved can leave mental trauma but not a physical injury as defined by statute.  The resolution urges states to address a gap in criminal codes. 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Child Torture?

 

Click Here for the full text of the resolution. 

 

Click Here for NCCASP study published in J. of Child and Youth Review (2019). 

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