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Everything that is contrary to good order established by usage. Departure from reasonable use; immoderate or improper use. Physical or mental maltreatment. Misuse. Deception.

To wrong in speech, reproach coarsely, disparage, revile, and malign.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

ABUSE. Every thing which is contrary to good order established by usage. Merl. Rep. h.t. Among the civilians, abuse has another signification; which is the destruction of the substance of a thing in using it. For example, the borrower of wine or grain, abuses the article lent by using it, because he cannot enjoy it without consuming it. Leg ; El. Dr. Rom. Sec. 414. 416.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Also, between 2007 and 2012, the centre received a total of 1,331 cases of women and children abuse from the Hamad Medical Corporation's Paediatric Emergency Centres (PECs) Department, including some 120 suspected cases of child abuse last year alone.
In a few dioceses, there was no plan in place to deal with sexual abuse of minors by clergy.
[2] However, the book has been read very steadily by survivors of child abuse and occasional doctoral students from whom I receive a steady stream of letters.
In fact, incidents of elder abuse in private homes are more common, with some estimates suggesting that one of every 20 senior citizens experiences a physical attack by a family member.
Everyday, across our nation, educators report their reasonable suspicions of child abuse to their Child Abuse Hotlines.
Amnesty's report, she says, is designed to "wake up the American public to the horrible abuses that women inmates are suffering in prison and stop the suffering."
[sections] 1.701-2 to forestall abuse either of the partnership provisions themselves or of other Code sections through transactions conducted by or through partnerships.
The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) conditionally readmitted the official psychiatric society of the Soviet Union last week, giving a big boost to the imae and prestige of an organization that resigned from the world body six years ago rather than face charges of systematic psychiatric abuse of political dissidents (SN: 2/19/83, p.116).
It was in Boston that the revelations of massive abuse by priests began in the fall of 2001, due to the relentless probing of the Boston Globe, which blew the issue of priestly sex abuse wide open across public America.
Why would an adult want to sue her or his parents for sexual abuse that happened twenty or thirty years ago?
1) recognized the sexual abuse of minors as a crime, in addition to being "an appalling sin in the eyes of God";