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NCJ Number: 119614 Find in a Library
Title: Participants in the United States Child Care Industry as Victims of the Fear of Crime (From Crime and Its Victims: International Research and Public Policy Issues, P 141-149, 1989, Emilio C Viano, ed. -- See NCJ-119600)
Author(s): V L Williams; V A Williams
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: Hemisphere Publishing Corp
Bristol, PA 19007
Sale Source: Hemisphere Publishing Corp
1900 Frost Road
Suite 101
Bristol, PA 19007
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The publicity about the McMartin case, which involved reports of sexual abuse of young children attending day-care programs, yielded an unexpected insurance crisis in the child care industry.
Abstract: As a result of this publicity, insurance companies decided that child care was a high-risk enterprise. Consequently, child care providers suddenly found that their liability insurance was canceled, they could not renew their policy when it expired, or renewal was possible only at vastly more expensive rates. Yet subsequent investigations and Congressional hearings did not turn up any evidence that would justify such a monumental reaction from insurers. The insurance industry's sudden decision to classify child care as high risk appeared to be an irrational response to fear of a particular type of crime. The result was to make child care both harder to obtain and more expensive for users. Bibliography
Main Term(s): Fear of crime
Index Term(s): Child care services; Insurance claim investigations; Public Opinion of Crime; Victimization
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