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Question about legal requirement for clergy to notify police over sexual abuse

 
Carnac The Magnificent
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06/07/2015 03:00 PM
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Question about legal requirement for clergy to notify police over sexual abuse
For some reason I thought it was a legal requirement in most states that a pastor of a church must notify law enforcement if someone brings to his/her attention the sexual abuse of a minor.

Can't find anything about it when I search. Not sure what is the appropriate search terms to use so not sure if I am just missing it or there is nothing there.

The female in question talked to the pastor of the church - brought her friends who have been sexually harassed by the same individual, and has photographic evidence of inappropriate contact(she was able to get photos without the guy knowing it) and inappropriate text messages from this perv saved on her phone.

Apparently they have all left the church without the police being notified.

The perv had already left the premises by the time the pastor was notified... so perhaps the pastor is acting on the information now and I do not know it... but just in case, I need a plan of action and I would prefer to force the pastor to contact police given that he has been given all of the information.
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06/07/2015 04:00 PM

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Re: Question about legal requirement for clergy to notify police over sexual abuse
You bring up a good question. I have heard very little about how mandated reporting affects clergy. I searched for "clergy" and "mandated reporting" and found the following on childwelfare.gov (it was the first thing that came up) [link to www.childwelfare.gov (secure)]

I think you'll find your answer there, but to put it simply, clergy members are listed as mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect in 27 states and Guam.

Good luck.
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06/07/2015 04:42 PM
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Re: Question about legal requirement for clergy to notify police over sexual abuse
legal requirement? WTF KIND OF QUESTION IS THAT

CALL THE COPS IDIOT don't worry about who is required to do what

jesus CHRIST
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06/07/2015 04:47 PM
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Re: Question about legal requirement for clergy to notify police over sexual abuse
Call the cops, asshole...unless you're a spawn of satan and seeking to destroy a pastor with your allegations





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