Why did child abuse go unreported for so many years in past generations?
Abusing children is nothing new. Yet we never heard about it as much as we do now. Is it just because of more media or is it being reported by the victims more?
A lot of it is awareness and education. Victims have learned they can speak out about this. A few cases come out and suddenly we are all aware of this horrible thing. Also the current 24/7 news cycle brings a lot of things to light that previously went unreported.
I imagine because of a lack of legislation and the fact that many children did not feel that they could ask for help from authorities without getting even more abuse that child abuse went unreported. Also, there weren't laws against it decades ago and many outside people did not want to intervene.
In some countries, abusing children is a common action because parents are non educated and they are too poor to care anything else besides food and money.
Because children were not considered as much value as there is now. Adults were the center of attention. Children were to be seen, not heard. It didn't matter what the children went through as long as they acted the way society wanted them too.
Because the whole of the old generation indulged in child abuse.
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