Statutory Rape: A Guide to State Laws and Reporting Requirements. Child Abuse Reporting Requirements

12/15/2004

Statutory rape reporting requirements are generally found in the sections of states’ codes that deal with juveniles, children and families, domestic relationships, or social services, whereas the criminal or penal codes address the legality of specific offenses. This section of the report summarizes states’ child abuse reporting requirements and the extent to which they address the issue of statutory rape. It is divided into four subsections.

  • Subsection 1 examines differences in how state statutes define child abuse and whether these definitions include statutory rape.
  • Subsection 2 discusses which individuals states designate as mandated reporters.
  • Subsection 3 details the actions mandated reporters must take upon encountering cases of child abuse.
  • Subsection 4 deals with agencies’ responsibilities upon receiving reports.

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