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The Vermont Supreme Court ruled that persons who are mandatory reporters of child abuse under state law have no legal duty to report consensual sexual activity among two minors.

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Key point 4-08 Every state has a child abuse reporting law that requires persons designated as mandatory reporters to report known or reasonably suspected incidents of child abuse. Ministers are mandatory reporters in many states. Some states exempt ministers from reporting child abuse if they learned of the abuse in the course of a conversation protected by the clergy-penitent privilege. Ministers may face criminal and civil liability for failing to report child abuse.

The Vermont Supreme Court ruled that persons who are mandatory reporters of child abuse under state law have no legal duty to report consensual sexual activity among two minors.

This addresses a question that is all too common for both senior pastors and youth pastors who learn of sexual activity among minors. Is there a legal duty to report such activity, assuming that it meets the definition of reportable abuse under state ...

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