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From The Mississauga News

Peel Police seeing more cases of child abuse

2008-04-18 13:54:31.000

Peel Regional Police say they are investigating an increasing amount of child abuse cases.

In a disturbing report submitted to the Peel Regional Police Services Board today, Det. Sgt. Scott Sharman of the force's Special Victims Unit highlighted a 4.5 per cent spike in child abuse investigations in 2007.
Last year, Peel SVU, which handles cases of sexual assault and child abuse, investigated 754 incidents of reported child abuse, including 352 cases of sexual assault. Officers laid 180 charges, the report stated.

In 2006, the force investigated 724 incidents and laid 160 charges.
"The most pressing issue currently in relation to child abuse investigations involves investigations of long term serious abuse and serious life-threatening abuse such as Shaken Baby Syndrome," Sharman, officer-in-charge of the SVU, said in his report. "On average, the SVU will have 10-12 of these investigations per year reported. They are very time consuming and labour intensive and require a high level of specialized expertise that can only be gained through experience and specialized training."
While there was an increase in child abuse cases last year, compared to a few years ago, the numbers are down.
In 2005, Peel Police investigated 936 reported incidents of child abuse, laying charges in 265 cases.

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