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Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Laws

Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Laws

Did you know pastors and other church staff may be required by law to report child abuse and that laws on this vary state by state?
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How Will We Respond to Child Sexual Abuse?

Assessment: Use this quiz to help prepare your church with the proper policies and procedures.
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Teenage Boy Child Molester Member access only

A teenage boy wants to continue attending church. What should we do?
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Ministers Failing to Report Child Abuse Member access only

Can ministers face criminal and civil charges for not reporting abuse?
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Simple Tips for Keeping Your Counseling Ministry Safe from Sexual Temptation

Is your staff aware of the risks involved with this ministry?
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Child Abuse: Mandatory Reporters and Victims' Rights Member access only

Victims of abuse may be able to sue a church as a result of leaders' handling of the case.
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Understanding the Clergy-Penitent Privilege Member access only

Not all conversations with a pastor are protected against future disclosure.
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Recent Developments in Texas Regarding Child Abuse Member access only

A Texas court ruled that a 23-year-old male who was molested by a church music director when he was a minor was barred by a 2-year statute of limitations from suing his church, and that the church could not be sued as a result of the failure of 5 pastors to report the alleged abuse to civil authorities.
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Recent Developments in Texas Regarding Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers Member access only

 In an important case that should be studied by church leaders everywhere, a Texas court ruled that (1) a church was not liable for a music director's acts of child molestation since the statute of limitations had expired; (2) ministers who are mandatory child abuse reporters under state law cannot be sued by child abuse victims on account of their failure to report; and (3) ministers need not report child abuse if the victim no longer is a minor.
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Recent Developments in Pennsylvania Regarding Sexual Misconduct by Church Volunteers Member access only

A Pennsylvania court ruled that (1) a charity cannot be sued when one of its volunteers molests a child who has no connection with the charity, even if it knew that the volunteer had a prior conviction for child molestation; and (2) the charity cannot be sued on the ground that it failed to report the volunteer's acts of child molestation.
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Church Held Liable for Pastor's Abuse of Minors  Member access only

Church without "never-alone" policy is held responsible for children who were sexually abused by pastor.
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Arkansas
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Civil Liability for Failure to Report Child Abuse Member access only

Mandatory reporters who fail to report abuse can be subject to possible criminal liability and can be sued for money damages by the victims of abuse.
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Child Abuse Reporting Protection in Counseling Member access only

A Florida appeals court ruled that counseling notes prepared by a psychotherapist during counseling sessions with a minister accused of child abuse were not protected against disclosure in court.
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Defamation and Proof of Injury to Reputation Member access only

Injury to reputation is not always presumed in cases of false accusations.
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Mandatory Reporters and the Clergy-Penitent Privilege Member access only

Are confessions of abuse protected?
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2013 Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Churches Member access only

Annual 50-State Review
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3 Million Children Have Been Sexually Abused

Infographic: That's 46 NFL stadiums full of kids.
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Church Not Liable for Molestation Member access only

Church had no prior knowledge of molestation by nursery worker.
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Video: Child Abuse: The Dangers of Delayed Reporting
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Child Abuse: The Dangers of Delayed Reporting Member access only

Video Series
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Child Abuse: The Dangers of Delayed Reporting

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