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      Training called key in child abuse prosecution

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      GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A new report says coordination and training are the keys to successfully prosecuting child abuse cases.

      The National Child Protection Training Center conducted a yearlong review of child sex abuse in South Carolina.

      U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson and local prosecutors and law enforcement officers were on hand for Tuesday's release of the report.

      The study included 160 interviews and 400 surveys with those who handle child sex abuse cases in the state.

      The study found most of those directly involved in handling child sexual abuse cases have no undergraduate or graduate training directly dealing with child abuse cases.

      The report calls for colleges, seminaries, medical and law schools to develop or expand child protection courses.

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