Study raises concern of significant under-reporting of child abuse within US Army

Only 20 percent of medically diagnosed child abuse and neglect cases in US Army dependent children had a substantiated report with the Army’s Family Advocacy Program, which investigates and treats child abuse. This rate is less than half of the rate of medically diagnosed child abuse cases substantiated by civilian Child Protective Services. Researchers say this contrast raises questions about the Army-reported rates of child abuse….

Only 20 percent of medically diagnosed child abuse and neglect cases in US Army dependent children had a substantiated report with the Army’s Family Advocacy Program, which investigates and treats child abuse. This rate is less than half of the rate of medically diagnosed child abuse cases substantiated by civilian Child Protective Services. Researchers say this contrast raises questions about the Army-reported rates of child abuse….