Quote from neelieyelik
My question is this: Do I get involved? I would like my friend to report her brother because she heard the accusations first hand from her niece, but I don’t think she will. As an RN do I need to report it? Should I report it? Will my words even carry any weight, since I heard it from my friend, who heard it form her niece that I don’t know? Also I suppose it’s possible that “N” has fabricated the story although I find that highly unlikely, judging purely by what my friend has told me about these people over the 13 years we’ve known each other. I feel like it’s not my place to get involved, but at the same time it bothers me to think the 5 and 7 year olds still live in that house.
What is your motivation? Purely altruistic? For the 18y/o, if she is still in the home, Adult Protective Services are the ones to call, tho' regarding a healthy, non-developmentally delayed 18y/o there won't be much done or said unless the abuse is, "grievous". certainly, you could make an anonymous call t Child Protective Services. I'm not a fan of CPS, for a variety of reasons, mainly that the nationwide benefit to damage ratio is questionable at best. Relativity is harsh- live with a rough family, or roll the dice, and hope they don't get placed with the local pedophile support group.
1) You don't have to report anything you have not witnessed/seen in service.
2) IMHO/ME the potential for harm outweighs benefit in third-person
3) Had you personally seen/witnessed violent behavior, that would be one thing, but, again, this is a remote accounting by person(s) with varying biases and motivations.