Read here about the history of Child Abuse Laws and policy in the United States.
New York City was the first place to bring in child abuse laws, after the dreadful abuse of Mary Ellen was discovered in 1873.
The awareness of the abuse of Mary Ellen brought about these changes.
Do you think that animals are still better protected than children?
Are children still treated as the “property” of their parents?
What more can be done to protect children from abuse, and to prevent abuse?
What happened to Mary Ellen after she was rescued?
Read about how her life changed here: