Quote from Rswilson
I know as a health care profesional that I'm requirered by law to report suspected abuse. But my question is, what if the situation is regarding a friends family? Am I still required by law if its not in a "clinical" setting & its a personal aquainance?
I know reporting it is the right thing to do... but then you get into long lasting legal implications, and you hate to induce that on friends.
The situation is... a half brother Inappropriately toching his sister.
My wife & I have tried to encourage them to seek help for the sisters sake. but they seem almost in denial. We've even tried to explain to them that that just perpetuates the problem. That it allows the "perpitrator" to "get away with it" & think they can do it again. And worsens the "victims" emotional hurt by not supporting her.
So if we cann't encourage them to seek help, Am I required to report it or jepordize my license?
If we wre to report it, it would be clear we did it. That would obviously more than likely destroy the friendship.
So thats the Dilemma
Legally, I'm not usre you are not required to report since this is not a client/nurse relationship. Though I would think that if it ever came out that you knew and did nothing, there would be problems.
I know this is going to sound harsh, and I don't want to make you angry or defensive. I do want you to make an informed decison and I DO want to be honest. I have too much experience with this type of thing.
IMO, morally you are required to report. Report this to your local CPS immediately. I feel VERY strongly about this issue due to working in pediatrics as well as in a psychiatric hospital with girls/boys who are abuse/reactive for being sexually abused. This child is sexually abused and by knowing and not doing anything about it you are helping to continue to the abuse. This girl and the brother are at risk. If this continues the girl will be at risk to have increased sexual partners, drug use, teen pregnancy, or act out the abuse to another person. The boy if not treated for his inappropriate behavior will continue to perpetrate the girl and will most likely move on to other children/people.
I understand that the parents are your friends and they probably are in denial, maybe they will move out of that, but maybe not. In this matter safety of the child comes first. And the best thing you could do for these parents is to get them help from CPS. In most cases, CPS does not take the children out of the home the first time, but they will help the parents get HELP for both of these children as well as assist them in preventing further abuse with the use of door alarm, therapy, ect.
There are not words enough to explain to you how important it is to report this issue. I hope you take what I've said into serious contemplation. It seems that as right now you are the only ones that can help these children, and I hope you do make the decision to help them. My heart goes out to them and to you, because I know this is difficult.