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Child abuse in the US: Cycle of violence

While child abuse blights the lives of victims' families, its devastating impact is felt far beyond relatives and friends.

Abused children are 74 times more likely to commit crimes against others and six times more likely to maltreat their own children, according to the Texas Association for the Protection of Children.

For this reason, experts believe it is in the US government's as well as society's interest to ensure children are protected from abuse. Each and every citizen, they say, has a responsibility to help break this cycle of violence.