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Very often it is media attention that draws us to the plight of certain crime victims that in turn leads to changes in social policies that benefit those victims. For example, clergy abuse is a relatively new term used to describe the physical or sexual abuse of children by clergy in certain situations. In the past, these cases often went unreported to law enforcement, even when superiors and supervisors knew of the abuse. In addition to costly civil suits brought by victims of this abuse, after much media coverage, some clergy have been charged and successfully prosecuted in criminal court. Rules of evidence have changed to accommodate the type of evidence required to prosecute these cases. Even so, many states still do not require mandatory reporting of this type of child abuse by clergy because of the long-held notion that clergy should enjoy complete confidentiality even if a supervisor becomes aware that a priest is sexually abusing a child.

Discuss the following:

---the need for all states to require mandatory reporting of child abuse by clergy
---how the media can be used to effect change in states that do not yet require mandatory reporting

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Mandatory reporting of child abuse

Very often it is media attention that draws us to the plight of certain crime victims that in turn leads to changes in social policies that benefit those victims. For example, clergy abuse is a relatively new term used to describe the physical or sexual abuse of children by clergy in certain situations. In the past, these cases often went unreported to law enforcement, even when superiors and supervisors knew of the abuse. In addition to costly civil suits brought by victims of this abuse, after much media coverage, some clergy have been charged and successfully prosecuted in criminal court. Rules of evidence have changed to accommodate the type of evidence required to prosecute these cases. Even so, many states still do not require mandatory reporting of this type of child abuse by clergy because of the long-held notion that clergy should enjoy complete confidentiality even if a supervisor becomes aware that a priest is sexually abusing a child.

Discuss the following:

---the need for all states to require mandatory reporting of child abuse by clergy.

Section 3 of the Child Welfare Act establishes a mandatory reporting obligation. ...

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All 50 states have passed some form of mandatory reporting laws for cases of abuse and neglect. All states require certain professions and institutions, including all health-care providers and facilities, all mental-health care providers, teachers and other school personnel, social workers, day-care providers, and law enforcement personnel, to report suspected child abuse.

Failure to report suspected child or elder abuse can result in criminal and/or civil liability. There are consequences for false reporting and, therefore, counselors should be mindful of false reporting laws, as well as immunity statutes and case law. People who report in "good faith" are generally immune from criminal and civil liability.

Give a brief description of two mandatory reporting issues from this examples (e.g., child abuse, elder abuse, abuse of the mentally ill, harm to self and/or others, end-of-life decisions, HIV positive/AIDS and unprotected sexual activity). Then analyze the implications of failing to report in these examples. Finally, research if there is a statuary requirement to report either or both of your examples in the state of Maryland.Explain how and why you would address these issues.

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