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Describe one concrete action that could be taken with knowledge, research, or education to further change considering child abuse laws.

Describe any ethical implications related to the action that has been proposed.

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This is what I recommend when it comes to changing child abuse laws. All too often predators get away with the heinous abuse brought on innocent children, which affects him or her for the rest of their life. Here is a concrete action that I highly recommend. Those individuals who hurt others in this fashion need to get educated through counseling. They need to have at least 5 years of it, and in prison for at least 5 years; ...

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