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SunsetLeopard August 19th, 2015 5:11am

If you know a very close relative (child) is being abused, would you call the cops? (Or other authority that would help)

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Rosebud Ohio
08/19/15 10:41 am

Absolutely.

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phen nebraska
08/19/15 8:39 am

If you know they are being abused then you should call someone. If itnia a suspicion, I would say find pit more information before calling.

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ovcourse Alzheimer Joe
08/19/15 6:00 am

It depends. "Abused" can mean different things to different people.

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
08/19/15 2:10 am

Report it you can report anonymously.

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PartyFree Nowhere in Particular
08/18/15 11:44 pm

I have to. I'm a mandatory reporter.

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twss trump is a garbage human
08/18/15 11:38 pm

A child is powerless in so many ways to change an abusive situation. If you know about it, you are morally (and legally, I'm sure) bound to report it.

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Esha
08/18/15 11:45 pm

I don't think average people are legally bound to report it.

Esha
08/18/15 11:45 pm

Morally they should

Praetorianus Fair enough.
08/18/15 11:49 pm

See comment above. If you are a "mandatory reporter", you have to report child abuse in particular, otherwise it's not always clear: criminal.findlaw.com/criminal-charges/failure-to-report-a-crime.html

twss trump is a garbage human
08/18/15 11:55 pm

Interesting. Though I feel if one knows about the abuse and doesn't report, and later admits to having known about it, legal action could (and should) be taken. Children who suffer abuse are victimized by it long into adulthood. If you know, tell.

SunsetLeopard Still writing my story
08/19/15 1:44 am

Can the abuser be turned in a few years after the abuse took place with only witness testimony?

SunsetLeopard Still writing my story
08/19/15 1:45 am

I should add, without the witnesses getting in legal trouble as well...

Nik
08/18/15 10:23 pm

Report it!

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Ru12bseen Ignoring the Ignorant
08/18/15 10:21 pm

To those who said no, fuck you and die.

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TierasPet
08/19/15 3:56 am

That is my thought too.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
08/18/15 10:13 pm

Depends on many factors. Who is the abuser? What kind of abuse? Does the relative indeed feel victimized?

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SunsetLeopard Still writing my story
08/18/15 10:18 pm

Abuser is the child's mother, it's physical abuse (hitting punching etc) and the child very much feels victimized...just curious though does the type of abuse really matter?

Praetorianus Fair enough.
08/18/15 10:21 pm

It can, there is a recent study that psychological or mental abuse, while underreported, can be the worst: psychcentral.com/news/2014/10/09/for-kids-mental-abuse-can-be-worse-than-sexual-physical-abuse/75945.html

Praetorianus Fair enough.
08/18/15 10:23 pm

In the case you mentioned, there is enough.grounds to inform the authorities. The mother could be a violent alcoholic or drug user, or mentally unstable and the child's life could be in danger.

SunsetLeopard Still writing my story
08/18/15 10:32 pm

Yea I can see that. But also, wouldn't the physical abuse cause mental abuse as well? (In the exact case I was thinking of, all 3 forms of abuse were involved I'm just side tracking a little here)

Praetorianus Fair enough.
08/18/15 10:37 pm

Oh yes it can. I am trying to see it from all angles before judging, but you narrowed it down enough there's no doubt action is necessary. I'm pointing out the mental abuse because it leaves no physical/forensic evidence.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
08/18/15 10:39 pm

Also, I'm cautious in such cases because false allegations of abuse can be devastating for the whole family. If you "know".it from the child, they could have been talked into making allegations by one partner in an ugly custody battle.

SunsetLeopard Still writing my story
08/18/15 10:42 pm

Yea I get that. I think if you had to physical carry the child out of the house to stop the mom from hitting him/her should be a no brainier to call someone.