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  •  This is hogwash (2+ / 0-)
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    jakewaters, ladyjames

    there are mandatory reporting statutes in all states that require a host of professions (doctors, teachers, police officers, social workers) to report to authorities whenever they discover evidence of child abuse.  Persons who work with children are often under special obligation to report evidence of abuse.  More importantly, in about 18 states, average citizens are also required to report child abuse.  So Dolan was probably breaking the law in those states if any of his subordinates or he issued payouts without also reporting to the police.

    Professionals Required to Report
    Approximately 48 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands designate professions whose members are mandated by law to report child maltreatment.1 Individuals designated as mandatory reporters typically have frequent contact with children. Such individuals may include:

    Social workers
    Teachers and other school personnel
    Physicians and other health-care workers
    Mental health professionals
    Child care providers
    Medical examiners or coroners
    Law enforcement officers
    Some other professions frequently mandated across the States include commercial film or photograph processors (in 11 States, Guam, and Puerto Rico), substance abuse counselors (in 14 States), and probation or parole officers (in 17 States).2 Seven States and the District of Columbia include domestic violence workers on the list of mandated reporters, while seven States and the District of Columbia include animal control or humane officers.3 Court-appointed special advocates are mandatory reporters in nine States.4 Members of the clergy now are required to report in 26 States.5

    Reporting by Other Persons
    In approximately 18 States and Puerto Rico, any person who suspects child abuse or neglect is required to report. Of these 18 States, 16 States and Puerto Rico specify certain professionals who must report but also require all persons to report suspected abuse or neglect, regardless of profession.6 New Jersey and Wyoming require all persons to report without specifying any professions. In all other States, territories, and the District of Columbia, any person is permitted to report. These voluntary reporters of abuse are often referred to as "permissive reporters."
    •  burlydee: (1+ / 0-)
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      See my comment above re the Presbyterian Church I belonged to and worked with the youth.  Since you brought up the reporting law, one of our pastors and a couple of us elders, did report two families for suspected child abuse.  Not sexual that we knew of but neglect, etc.  I even begged Child Protective Services to license me as a foster parent so I could take some of the kids that were involved.  They did investigate and IIRC both families lost custody of the kids until certain conditions were met.  

    •  but not clergy? (0+ / 0-)

      "I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbitch! " -Pappy O'Daniel

      by jakewaters on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 02:27:02 PM PDT

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      •  Probably has to do w/ church-state separation (1+ / 0-)
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        issues.  Regardless the Catholic Church has been found civically culpable and in my opinion they are certainly morally culpable.  I don't think we need to refer to a specific statute to prove they are wrong here.  

    •  It doesn't sound like this applied (0+ / 0-)

      in these cases however.  And beyond that, you forget that accused people have rights too, and they'll fight back if they have to.  

      Were these cases merely suspecting priests or were they actual cases where witnesses were prepared to deal with authorities?  If it was the former, it could well have been quicker and more practical to just find the most expedient was to terminate a priest's relationship with the church than to go through the long, slow, and usually failed process of calling the cops on flimsy evidence.  It looks like Dolan did the smart thing here that protected potential victims.  

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