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  •  If I might add - in several states, not only (10+ / 0-)

    can anyone report child abuse, but doing so is required by law.

    Just about no one I know who lives in one knows this, though, and I really wish they'd start putting "You, Yes You, Are A Mandatory Reporter Under The Laws Of This State" signs up in public places because so many people think it is just teachers, professors, health professionals, etc who are required and not EVERYBODY.

    Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

    by Cassandra Waites on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 09:24:32 AM PST

    •  Great idea, Cassandra. Perhaps I will start by (5+ / 0-)
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      putting them up in my state.  

      From Childwelfare.gov:

      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, principals, and other school personnel
      • Physicians, nurses, and other health-care workers
      • Counselors, therapists, and other 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 12 States, Guam, and Puerto Rico), substance abuse counselors (in 14 States), and probation or parole officers (in 17 States).  Directors, employees, and volunteers at entities that provide organized activities for children, such as camps, day camps, youth centers,
      and recreation centers, are required to report in 11 States. 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. Court‑appointed special advocates are mandatory reporters in 10 States. Members of the clergy now
      are required to report in 27 States and Guam.  

      Four States now have designated as mandatory reporters faculty, administrators, athletics staff, and other  employees and volunteers at institutions of higher learning, including public and private colleges and universities and vocational and technical schools.

      To find out the laws in your state, click here.

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      by Roxine on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 09:33:21 AM PST

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      •  In my state - it reads as follows: (6+ / 0-)

        Maryland

        Professionals Required to Report
        Fam. Law § 5-704
        Persons required to report include:
        • Health practitioners
        • Educators or human service workers
        • Police officers

        Reporting by Other Persons
        Fam. Law § 5-705
        Any other person who has reason to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect must report.

        What does your state say?

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        by Roxine on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 09:35:12 AM PST

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        •  I looked up the three states I spend (6+ / 0-)

          any real time in.

          Kentucky is a universal reporter state. They list a number of professions in the statute, but the language prior to the list makes it clear that everyone in the state is a mandatory reporter. The only legal carve-outs are the attorney-client relationship and confessional booth exemption - spousal or professional relationships to not remove the requirement.

          Tennessee is a universal reporter state as well, although they use different legal language to establish it. The specific language regarding sexual abuse includes "reasonable suspicion" from strangers that a child is being abused. There is a promise of anonymity unless a court orders otherwise for anyone reporting - only those in the legal system who have to know will know.

          Georgia is not a universal reporter state. Anyone may, not everyone must.

          Professionals Required to Report
          Citation: Ann. Code §§ 19-7-5; 16-12-100

          The following persons are required to report:

              Physicians, residents, interns, hospital and medical personnel, podiatrists, dentists, nurses, or nurse's aides
              Teachers, school administrators, guidance counselors, visiting teachers, school social workers, or school psychologists
              Psychologists, counselors, social workers, or marriage and family therapists
              Child welfare agency personnel (including any child-caring institution, child-placing agency, maternity home, family daycare home, group daycare home, and daycare center), child-counseling personnel, or child service organization personnel
              Law enforcement personnel
              Reproductive health-care facility or pregnancy resource center personnel and volunteers
              Persons who process or produce visual or printed matter

          The only carve-out in the statute is the confessional booth - and if the clergyperson has evidence from outside the confessional, the requirement to report holds.

          Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

          by Cassandra Waites on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 09:49:06 AM PST

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          •  In my church (Zen Buddhist) the confessional (3+ / 0-)
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            exemption (sanzen) does not apply if the perp confesses a crime to a priest but evinces no remorse nor any intention of rectifying the situation in any way. We had a case a few year back of a felon out of prison for a day or two on furlough, who left a woman for dead and then told one of our priests, who reported the matter to the police, and may well have saved the woman's life.

            On the other hand, we have had sex abuse cases among our clergy, too. Everybody has a duty to report. If you think you are learning from someone who is abusing you, the fact is that the relationship is making your delusions worse, and his much worse than that.

            Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

            by Mokurai on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 01:39:14 PM PST

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