Sandusky......who is REQUIRED to report?

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    I was under the assumption that any person who has any type of authority over children is REQUIRED to file a report with the police or the state DHSS.
    This includes, doctors, teachers, nurses, caregivers, therapists etc.

    It appears reporting requirements are different state by state. In this case, it is appears to be the responsibility of the witness, where in other states, a chain of command is followed.

    McQueary and Paterno did follow the law.
    It doesn't morally or ethically take them off the hook though.
     
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    The law is good the way it is. You can't force people to inform the police about what they saw or what they thought they saw. Where would it end? Should we arrest innocent witnesses to crimes if they didn't come forward? Paterno had a duty to take action and it was a condition of employment. If he lied under oath to the Grand Jury that's a different matter and he can be charged.
     
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    Crimes against children aren't the same, whitehall. Children and sometimes their parent(s) have been known to disappear or be found dead after being confrontational or noncooperative with a hardened criminal who has no intention of being confronted by police with his or her crimes. Pedophiles and the Slaughter of Innocence, CourtTV (now truTV)
     
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    well, in most cases that's true as most states don't have 'good samaritan' laws requiring someone to act.

    however, when it comes to child abuse, there are what are called mandated reporters. those people (e.g., teachers, doctors, hospital personnel) who are in a position to learn of abuse in the course of their employment, are required to notify police if they have reason to suspect abuse or neglect of a child.

    paterno has other issues, though, since it went on for so long in HIS locker room. that makes him more complicit than some stranger on the street.
     
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    Where do you draw the line? You walk through the mall and see a stranger slap a kid in the face and you find yourself charged with a crime because you were identified and failed to call the authorities? It's not that far fetched. What about a gardener who sees kids wearing filthy clothes? Is he required to determine the extent of abuse and report it or be charged with a crime?
     
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    I'm not sure the Prosecutor is correct:
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    I'm willing to bet Paterno and McQueary has other postions (no pun intended) besides coach at Penn State.
     
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    No kidding.

    I wonder if McQueary apologized for interrupting Sandusky.

    Did he tiptoe quietly out of the room so as not to distract him?




    Oh geez, I'm sorry I opened the thread. I need that image out of my head. I don't want to think about it and yet I hate how the media sanitizes the story most of the time. "Sexual abuse" could be fondling or any number of things which while bad don't come close to what actually happened. How many people know that McQueary watched an anal rape, was apparently seen by Sandusky and the boy, and then just left while the "rhythmic slapping sounds" carried on? My husband didn't until I told him. Hadn't gotten that from any of the news reports. I only heard it one time on one local talk show.



    Oh sh*t. I gotta go clean my brain now. I can't get rid of the sound.
     
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    the line is drawn when you're in a position of trust vis a vis the child.

    a stranger in a mall isn't in such a position. nor is the home's gardener.

    however, his gym teacher or coach is... maybe his scout leader.. the school nurse is, for sure; the guidence counselor, etc., etc., etc...
     
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