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The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis and the Legal Responses$
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James T. O'Reilly and Margaret S.P. Chalmers

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199937936

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937936.001.0001

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Mandated Abuse Reporting Issues

Mandated Abuse Reporting Issues

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(p.113) Chapter 10 Mandated Abuse Reporting Issues
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The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis and the Legal Responses
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James T. O’Reilly

Margaret S. P. Chalmers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937936.003.0010

States fight child abuse by forcing reports to be made by those in special protective roles, such as physicians, teachers, and hospital social workers. Bishops and clergy fought against being liable for not reporting cases of sex abuse by priests, sometimes claiming constitutional privilege for their religious status. The chapter discusses the history of mandatory reporting legislation and the issues involved in whether and under what circumstances clergy are included as mandatory reporters, including the distinction between information received through the confessional and through other means. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the cases in Connecticut and Kansas City where the state sought to hold clerics liable for failure to report.

Keywords:   abuse, mandatory reporter, clergy, bishop, protective services

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