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Union County child abuse rates drop, still high in comparison

Union County's child abuse rate dropped during the summer months, but the rate is still high in comparison to numbers across the state. While still prevalent in society, the number of children abused across the state of Iowa has dropped from 13,288 in 2003 to 11,637 in 2012. "Child abuse, it knows no economic boundaries, or educational boundaries," said Paul Ver Meer, Creston police chief. "It can occur anywhere."

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