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Victim May Sue Religious School and Its Leaders for Failing to Report Abuse, Court Says
A negligence claim can proceed on evidence that religious leaders failed to follow state reporting laws.
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The victim reported the assault to her kindergarten teacher, who did not take any action. The victim spoke to a psychotherapist after her parents noticed she had stopped eating. The victim explained to the psychotherapist that she had been sexually assaulted by another student.

The victim’s mother reported the abuse to a religious leader with oversight of the school, but he failed to report it in the manner mandated by Connecticut law. The mother next reported the abuse to the school’s principal who did not report the sexual assault until the mother insisted a report be filed.

The victim sued the principal and the religious leader, claiming that they were mandatory child abuse reporters and that their failure to report the abuse allowed the offender to continue molesting her.

A state court rejected the defendants’ request to dismiss the claims against them, but the court declined by primarily addressing the religious leader with oversight of the school:

Posted: September 6, 2019

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