Suspected Abuse is defined as the knowledge of a child abuse occurrence that guides an individual to make a report. This does not mean the reporter is certain abuse has occurred, but has a reason to suspect it exists. All residents are encouraged to report suspected abuse, while mandated reporters are required by law to do so. For more information on this topic click here.
Per Se Acts
Defined as acts that are harmful to a child even if no physical injury results, which can include leaving a child unsupervised with an individual, other than the child’s parent, who the adult knows or reasonably should have known was required to register as a sex offender.
Child Sexual Exploitation Can Happen Anywhere
- 1 in 4
- 1 in 6
One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually victimized before they reach adulthood.
The Campaign Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE) is a national campaign created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to engage elected officials and educate communities on issues related to the sexual victimization of minors and its prevention.
In the state of Pennsylvania, some adults are considered mandated reporters of suspected child
Integrating some offenders can be done safely and well, but it takes a considerable amount of time and resource. We have worked with churches that have successfully done this, but it cannot happen before the congregation, not just a few leaders, are educated about how to keep children safe from sexual harm – within and outside of the church.