Idaho's high incidence of child abuse is in direct proportion to it's right wing redneck values. Case in point; Sheryl Nuxol oppossed this bill as a "thought crime", much like she opposed bullying legislation because it is "best left to communities to deal with" presumably because it works so well now.The difficulty with this claim is:
1. Different states have different reporting methodologies. This report explains that different states have different standards for reporting child abuse. For Idaho, level of evidence required is "preponderance." A number of other states require only "credible." Kansas requires "clear and convincing."
2. There are differences in the definition of abuse. Kansas, for example, includes "lack of supervision." As this report points out, every state has its own definition of child abuse (although there are federal standards as well). This makes direct comparisons necessarily problematic.
3. If Idaho is exceptionally severe in its child abuse problem, it isn't showing in the admittedly problematic child abuse statistics. Table 3-6 in this report shows child abuse victimization rates by state. Again, Idaho is low: 9th from the bottom, with 3.8 abuse reports per 100,000 children. I won't claim that political ideology determines abuse rates, like the commenter I linked to above falsely claims, but you can see the falsity of his single-factor claim when you see how many liberal-controlled jurisdictions have much higher abuse rates: California, 8.1; Connecticut, 12.4; District of Columbia, 23.4; Illinois, 8.3; Massachusetts, 17.0; New York, 17.4. ,
4. The far less problematic (in terms of what is being measured) child abuse fatality rates (Table 4-1 in his report) shows that Idaho's rate was 0.48/100,000 children; liberal California was 1.27/100,000 children; liberal Vermont was 3.17. The national average was 2.07/100,000 children--so Idaho is one of the lowest child abuse fatality rates in the nation. The only states that I could find with lower child abuse fatality rates for 2010 were Alaska, Montana, and Maine.