Ga. broadens child abuse reporting law

Chaparones, coaches, church volunteers can be jailed for not reporting

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ATLANTA — Georgia’s law requiring certain people to report suspected child abuse has been widened to include a wide range of people.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that volunteers at churches, colleges, clubs, summer camps or soccer fields or parents who chaperone a field trip could be jailed if they fail to report suspected abuse under the new provision approved by lawmakers last week.

The change, when it becomes law, will mandate reporting by any employee or volunteer at any kind of agency, business, nonprofit or other group that works with children.

Violators of the reporting mandate can be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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happychimer
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happychimer 04/05/12 - 12:18 pm
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This is good news.

This is good news.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/05/12 - 12:21 pm
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What can the false accusers

What can the false accusers expect, and how does the accused get their lives back when someone jumps to conclusions?

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dichotomy 04/05/12 - 04:41 pm
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Actually this is very bad

Actually this is very bad news. Now non-professionals will be encouraged to report "child abuse" because of any scrape or bruise out of the fear they might be prosecuted or fined. Between the ones that report something out of fear being fined, and the ones who just want to be a busybody, a lot of parents are going to have the lives ruined or at least have to go through a lot of embarrassing hassle. These nanny state spy on your neighbor laws rarely help any kids and the ones who are beating and killing their kids never get reported.

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specsta 04/05/12 - 07:34 pm
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Dichotomy, I have to agree

Dichotomy, I have to agree that this law could open up a can of worms and lead to more false allegations against innocent parents and caregivers. At some point, we have to consider whether or not we are really protecting children or are we just putting up a smokescreen to feel better about ourselves.

The thing is, as soon as some legislator trumpets some proposed law with the mantra of "protecting the children", all reason goes out the window.

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KSL 04/05/12 - 07:38 pm
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Absolutely, dichotomy and

Absolutely, dichotomy and specsta. My boys were athletic and adventurous. They were constantly getting scrapes and bruises. Broken bones too. Frighten people into reporting that for the fear of the fine. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

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KSL 04/05/12 - 07:46 pm
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I can see it now. Children

I can see it now. Children fall on the playground and scrape their knees. They will have to report to some authority and have a write-up of the event so that their coach or piano teacher doesn't have to report what might be child abuse.

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