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History of abuse passed down between generations

Inmate
Inmate convicted of sexual abuse  
August 7, 1998
Web posted at: 2:19 p.m. EDT (1819 GMT)

ATLANTA (CNN) -- Experts say there is no greater risk factor for child abuse than a parent having been abused themselves either as a child or as an adult. One study estimates parents abused as children are 10 times more likely to abuse their own child. Yet little funding is directed toward preventing child abuse by identifying those parents at high risk.

For inmates inside the Bedford Correctional Institute in New York, a unique program is encouraging them to confront the role of violence in their lives.

CNN's Linda Patillo has the story.

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