35% of child sex abuse caused by minors

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Rarely mentioned is the sobering statistic that more than one-third of the sexual abuse [mostly harmless sex play] of America's children is committed by other minors. [...]

Other states have provisions tougher than the federal act, subjecting children younger than 14 to the possibility of 25-year or lifetime listings on publicly accessible registries that include photos of the offenders. [...]

Nicole Pittman, a Human Rights Watch researcher, has been analyzing the impact of registration on the children who get listed, and says states should halt the practice. But she knows it's a longshot quest. "Most legislators do not believe children should be on the registry - yet it's the kiss of death for most politicians to vote against any sex offender law," she said.

source: Article '35% of Child Sex Abuse Caused by Minors' by David Crary; www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,21 03983,00.html; TIME; 8 January 2012