1. Inclusion of statutory rape in reporting requirements
Mandated reporters are required to report all instances of child abuse. The definition of child abuse includes sexual abuse regardless of the defendant’s relationship to the child. The definition of sexual abuse includes rape, molestation, and lewd and lascivious conduct involving a child.
2. Mandatory reporters
Mandatory reporters include: physical and mental health providers; school superintendents, teachers, librarians, principals, and guidance counselors; day care workers; social workers; probation officers; camp owners, administrators, and counselors; clergy members; and police officers.
3. Who to report to
Mandated reporters must notify—orally or in writing—the Commissioner of Social and Rehabilitation Services of all cases of suspected abuse.
4. State response
The Commissioner of Social and Rehabilitation Services must initiate an investigation within 72 hours of receiving any report of child abuse.