A: Many states require certain classes of persons to report a reasonably suspected case of child abuse, including sex abuse. Laws vary by state. For example, in Pennsylvania, doctors and other medical professionals as well as school administrators and teachers are required to report reasonable suspicions of child sex abuse.
To find out if you are a mandatory reporter under your state’s law, you should speak to a sex abuse lawyer to ensure compliance with any applicable mandatory reporting laws.
In addition to the mandatory reporting laws, there are other options for someone who suspects a doctor or other medical professional, such as a therapist, is committing sex abuse:
1. Contact law enforcement.
2. Contact the state’s medical licensing board.
3. Contact a victim’s advocate group.
4. Contact a lawyer to discuss the possibility of a civil lawsuit.
Below you will find contact information for the Pennsylvania and New Jersey state medical board agencies:
Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-7769
(717) 787-2381/ Fax: (717) 787-7769
New Jersey State Board of Medicine
P.O. Box 183
Trenton, NJ 08625-0183
(609) 826-7100/ Fax: (609) 826-7117
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- Physician’s Assistant Guilty of Child Sex Abuse
- Sex Abuse by Doctors and Medical Professionals – The Culture of Silence
- Liability for Physical and Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
Brian Kent – Sex Abuse Lawyer
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