Several recent developments call into question the acceptability of certain scientific theories and research on sexual abuse.
Can posting allegations of child sexual abuse on social media lead to a successful defamation lawsuit by the accused? A recent case from Texas answers yes.
In this final post of three, we discuss a recent case from California, Doe v. U.S. Youth Soccer Association, about child sexual abuse, background checks, and liability.
This post addresses why organizations should consider using background checks and what to look for in a service provider for your screening.
Clergy privilege can often be complex. Learn more about how to handle the intersection between clergy privilege and clergy’s role as a mandated reporter of child abuse.
Recovered memory therapy continues to be a controversial topic, with experts debating about whether it is valid. As a legal matter, this controversy has slowly spilled over into an increased risk of liability for the therapist who chooses to use the technique. More and more states are holding that parents of children who recover memories of sexual abuse can sue the child’s therapist because the therapist has helped to create false allegations against them. Michigan is the latest jurisdiction to affirm the right of a child’s parent to sue the child’s therapist.
A Florida preschool recently learned a hard lesson about the importance of good child protection.
If your organization is in the United States or other countries with well-established child abuse reporting laws, then reporting is simple. If the alleged abuse happened in a country where reporting protocol is not established—or you have a multijurisdictional nightmare—or abuse that is historic—it may not be clear whether and how to report.
Some issues I am wondering about just now. How long a perpetrator is required to be disciplined, punished, under observation, or under some kind of special plan? There are psychological aspects of a safety plan in the aftermath of an investigation...
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