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Elder abuse a “hidden crime”, MPs say

Bruce Campion-Smith, Ottawa Bureau Chief, The Star

A criminal crackdown and greater public awareness are needed to combat the growing problem of elder abuse in Canada, which leaves thousands of seniors “wounded” and frightened” every year, a new study says. Just as society turned a blind eye to child and spousal abuse decades ago, abused seniors are suffering from the same neglect today, warns an all-party committee of MPs.

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