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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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4. Michigan

“A person who is required by this act to report an instance of suspected child abuse or neglect and who fails to do so is civilly liable for the damages proximately caused by the failure.” Michigan Compiled Laws § 722.633 sec. 13(1)(3).

5. Montana

“Any person, official, or institution required by law to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect who fails to do so or who prevents another person from reasonably doing so is civilly liable for the damages proximately caused by such failure or prevention.” Montana Code § 41-3-207(1).

6. New York

“Any person, official or institution required by this title to report a case of suspected child abuse or maltreatment who knowingly and willfully fails to do so shall be civilly liable for the damages proximately caused by such failure.” New York Social Services Law § 420.

Posted: September 6, 2019

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