It’s simple really – if you suspect a child is being sexually abused it is the law and your duty to report it.
As simple as it sounds – the reality is that far too many times these suspicions go unreported. It’s rare to catch someone in the act of abusing a child. More often than not, there are behaviours that you may be witnessing, or ‘talk going around’ that is causing you concern
One of the first things we tell people is that you do not need hard evidence to report. If you have reasonable suspicion, then you need to report. You are not making an allegation – you are asking for a service to be provided. That service is for an investigation to be made.
If a child has disclosed abuse then you MUST report to your local CAS agency, and/or law enforcement. If a child is in immediate danger, then call 911.
Always put a child’s safety first.