(Closed) legality of therapist mentioning abuse to parent?

posted 7 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yes, usually a therapist is obligated to report abuse to the authorities. 

Unfortunately many systems do re-victimize the injured parties.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

The therapist is required to report it.  But you said yourself that your sister’s sanity is most important.  So just have her tell the therapist that she’ll lie to the cops if they ask when she reports it, and she would like to continue to see the therapist afterward.  It’s the best you can do if you truly don’t want her to go through the whole process again, just have her lie to the cops.

I have a lot of opinions on the subject I’m keeping to myself because it’s not what you want to hear, but try to think about what is truly best for EVERYONE, including other children who may be at risk.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The cops may still pursue it even if she “just lies to the cops” depending on her age etc.

But yes, for a minor child, a therapist is required to report, and that can’t be circumvented without asking the therapist to violate the law and their code of ethics.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Call 1.800.656.HOPE (RAINN hotline).  It’s a free, confidential hotline for survivers of sexual assault and abuse.  They can refer you to therapists in your area who specialize in working with children who have suffered abuse, and possibly also find you a legal advocate(non-lawyer who helps survivers navigate the legal system) in your area to answer your questions in more detail.

 

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If the victimization is not still occurring and the matter of safety at hand is not a risk any further then the therapist does not have to report it.  If she is currently residing with the perpetrator then the therapist is mandated to report.  However you may want to look into finding a “child advocacy center” in your area.  These are specialized centers so the child only has to tell their story ONCE.  It involved CPS, law enforcement, law guardians, doctors (to perform a thorough exam), therapist, case managers, and anyone else that may be important to include in the process.  But to answer your main question, if the child is not currently at risk or being victimized the therapist does not have to report it.  Though the therapist may help the child disclose this situation to the current caretaker, and the family and choose the path they wish to follow from there.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@MightySapphire: I am sorry but that is the WORST idea every! I understand the gravity of the situation but lying to the cops… the people that are set in place to HELP is a terrible idea and one that should NEVER be encouranged!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

@kfricke89: That wasn’t her question.  She wants therapy but doesn’t want an investigation.  I don’t agree with that path, but that was not her question.  She wants help but not an investigation, so that’s the only thing I could come up with, and even that has a weakness as PP pointed out.

Since someone very close to me has personally experienced the injustice of our “Justice” system, I’m very skeptical.  This girl has already been through the wringer and the system didn’t help her.  If she and her family want to avoid that, I can’t blame them, even if I don’t agree with it.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@kfricke89: When I was raped at 17 I didn’t report it either. You know why? Cause I knew the situation would be turned around on me and I would be put through HELL most likely for nothing. Sometimes the justice system fails. I look back at it now and think that maybe I should have just put myself through it to know that I did what I could, but honestly if I was scared at 17 imagine how scared a 9 year old is

 

@love: I am so sorry for what your sister is going through 🙁 Like I just mentioned I never said anything because I knew our “justice” system would most likely fail me. I have a question though I am not sure if I just missed it but is this the SAME man doing this or someone different? 

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