(Closed) Would you turn in a (possible) Family Child Abuser?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

If there was actual child abuse, I am required by law. I work with children at an after school program and if I suspect abuse of any kind, I have to report it. If I don’t I could be charged with aiding the abuse and get jail time/a fine.

As far as this incident, it hits a little too close to home so I won’t comment.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

That’s an excellent question and my answer is that I would. I’m fortunate in that I don’t have to deal with that issue in my own family, but being a survivor of sexual abuse at the age of 15 by a family friend, I would have no qualms reporting it. None, zip, nada. I would be pained if it was a family member, but I would absolutely do it.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I actually work in criminal defense and deal with men and women in this situation every day. I would turn whoever it was in.. but I cant judge anyone who hasnt because Ive never actually been in that situation. I just would fear for myself and any children around and would not want to risk anything!

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’m a mandatory reporter…

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I absolutely would. Without a doubt.

If it were something that could have been a mistake (for example, Father-In-Law searches something innocent on google and the search engine comes up with inappropriate results), I would ask about it first.

But if I were sure that something innappropriate were taking place I wouldn’t hesitate to report it.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I would absolutely turn them in. Immediately after I stopped throwing up.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

In the case above, it doesn’t seem like a misunderstanding.  I would report him. 

If it was some other crime, like a theft, though, I probably wouldn’t.  Sexual predators are much more black and white.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would 100% turn someone in. That is a child that can’t defend him/herself someone would need to speak up, and it would be me…after I got done beating the tar out of the person. Thankfully I’m fortunate enough to have a wonderful family as is Fiance where something like this wouldn’t happen.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would definitely turn them in. I don’t care if it was my brother, father, cousin, or father-in-law. This is a non-negotiable situation. If a child may be endangered or is being abused than it is our RESPONSIBILITY to ensure that it doesn’t continue.

A distant relative of Fiance was actually sexually abusing his daughter for YEARS and NO one said anything about it (apparently the wife, brother and grandparents knew). It wasn’t until the younger brother that stood up and moved out and said something that everyone figured out what was going on.

Seriously – I will NEVER understand what would prompt a family to keep that type of secret. It does NO ONE any good to keep it a secret.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

It is mandatory that I report abuse issues b/c of my job.  But I would not hesitate in the least if I was not required by law to report suspicions of abuse.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

100% turn them in. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

Absolutely yes.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

I’m also a mandated reporter.  But I would report it in a heartbeart, anyways, right after I nonchalantly picked up any kids in the home and put them somewhere safe.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

I’m the lady that calls the police for everything, so yes. I work on a police-community relations council, and my officers I work with have taught me it’s best to be an overreporter than an underreporter.

For instance, I was at the grocery store once, and two kids under 10 were alone in a car, and I called the police and reported the car. I don’t care if you are just running in somewhere, kids should never be left alone in a car, especially in a major metro area.

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