Greetings all! I am a social worker by training. For a really, really long time I have wanted to write a non-fiction method that social workers can used to discover child abuse. I have read tons of first hand accounts of the abuse that they experienced posted by survivors all over the internet at various forums. I would like to use such a technological advance in a fiction book which if read by the "right" people will hopefully assist in locating victims and helping them to escape from the abuse and start the healing process. I have noticed some similarities during my research: 1. The abuse is usually hidden in the family home, away from neutral eyes and further hidden in the home by occurring in "private" places like the bedroom or the bathroom as opposed to the dining room. That said, I did find some references online where a child was acting up in a McDonalds and his/her pants were taken down in the middle of the restaurant and a spanking was administered and unfortunately it seemed the reason was to humiliate the child being punished and put on a show for the audience. I could not find any reference to this type of incident being reported to law enforcement - it may have been, I just did not find any references to it anywhere online. 2. The abuser usually knows his/her victim and exercises a great deal of control over them. For example, the abuser can refuse permission for the victim to do things like go out with her/his friends UNLESS the victim submits to the abuser's demands. 3. The abuse usually comes to light when the victim discloses to someone, or someone notices something amiss such as a broken bone without a legitimate reason such as playing football or a teenage pregnancy. Specifically regarding #3, it has been approximately 30 years since I learned about this issue. I did a book report in grade 8 on the topic. The same methods that were being used in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, etc are still being used today. The major technological advances that lead to the discovery of child abuse seem to occur when the abuser takes child sexual abuse photographs (child pornography) and shares those images on the internet. So, I started to wonder. We have all this technology out there. The internet, smart phones, facial recognition, so, so much else. Where exactly is the innovation in locating child abuse? The only thing I could come up with after watching "Border Security" is that schools could have some type of scanner at the entrances/exits that would scan the students with X-Rays (?) and discover whether or not that student had unexplained injuries like fractures, broken bones, and bruising on a regular basis and that same student did not play sports like football or hockey. In the show, customs officers at an airport suspected passengers of smuggling drugs and sent them through a full body scanner. It did not seem invasive to me, all they had to do was remove their shoes and jackets, they were fully clothed otherwise. The scanner detected the drugs inside the stomach cavity of one man and he was detained. Some schools already have metal detectors at their entrances and exits to detect weapons like knives and guns. This seems like it would work, however I do not know of any school that uses this technology in North America and google searches of things like "use of technology to discover child abuse" usually just turns up how abusers take photos and share them on the internet. I do NOT want a technological advance that relies on the abuser doing something like sharing photos of the abuse s/he is engaging in. I am looking for some type of PASSIVE technological tool that will locate potential victims and allow social workers and child abuse investigators to focus on them. Preferably before the abuse escalates. Like, when it is in the touching stages and not the full on sexual assault/rape stage. Questions I hope people can answer or provide guidance on: Is there *ANY* technology out there right now that either does this or shows the promise of being able to do this? If such technology exists, why is it not being used? For example, I could seen the scanners used at airports not being used if people are worried about the health risks of subjecting children to radiation. If, god forbid, anyone has first hand knowledge of issues like sexual abuse, or emotional abuse, the types of abuse that does not necessarily leave visible scars, what physical indication do you think people would have seen if they looked at you? What would have indicated that something was "off" about you? I don't mean emotionally like uncontrolled crying or a depressed demeanor but more something physical. The one thing that I have heard at times is children wearing multiple layers of clothing in order to prevent the abuser from having easy access to their body. How could technology have caught this indicator that something abusive may have been happening? Apologies for the long first post. It is something that I have been really, really passionate about for a long time. It's why I got a degree in social work.