Looking for 'Widespread' Abuse of Consumers in Debt Collection

We are bombarded daily with articles, blogs and more about the “widespread” abuse of consumers by the debt collection industry. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created to ensure that such pervasive abuse is curtailed or otherwise stopped all together. Don’t get me wrong, nobody and I mean nobody, should be treated unfairly or with any lack of respect, especially in times of financial distress.  But is there really widespread abuse, or just cries of a small minority with powerful voices to back them up? <more>