Many people, when they hear the term “sexual abuse,” may immediately picture a situation in which a stranger takes advantage of the victim, committing acts of physical and emotional harm. While that is certainly one of the most common types of abuse, not all cases of sexual abuse are perpetrated by strangers. In fact, some victims are children who are sexually abused by adults. There are other situations in which a victim may be abused by someone who is known to the victim or even close to the victim, such as when a family member or friend is abused. This article provides some basic tips for those who wish to know how to report sexual abuse to authorities.
The first step in learning how to report abuse is to identify your jurisdiction. Each jurisdiction is different; however, the most common types of abuse include: forced sex, rape, child pornography, statutory rape, forcible sodomy and sexual abuse or sexual assault. Each of these titles are legally defined according to state and federal law, and each has its own unique definition of what constitutes sexual abuse. If you have any doubt as to whether or not a particular incident constitutes sexual abuse, contact your local law enforcement agency or a Title IV Sexual Abuse Hotline. They will be able to advise you of your rights and the steps you should take to make sure that you report the abuse.
Contacting your local law enforcement agency or a Title IV Sexual Abuse Hotline is the first step in how to report abuse. These agencies will conduct an investigation of the alleged incident. They will speak with the victim, and will collect information, such as identifying details, to ensure that the abuse is reported in a proper manner. They will refer the case to the local district attorney’s office for prosecution.
Next, you will need to gather the appropriate information regarding the abuse. As per the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, you are required to gather information regarding the victim and the care provider facilities involved. You are also required to gather information regarding the alleged incident. The Department of Education, via its Department of Civil Rights, updates its procedures and protocols regarding how to report this type of crime on a timely basis. In addition to this, each state has its own specific care provider reporting requirements.
There are numerous resources you can turn to when you want to learn how to report sexual abuse. One resource is the National Sexual Assault Clearinghouse. This organization has several national hotlines that provide help to people who may be victimized. This includes numbers for county offices, state office, and different organizations that focus on providing resources and support to sexual abuse victims. The National Sexual Assault Clearinghouse receives reports from various agencies every year, and conducts research studies to understand the nature of these reports.
You can also contact your child’s pediatrician or your local Children’s Bureau to see if your child may have been sexually abused. Also, if you are a child caregiver and suspect that your child may have experienced this type of abuse, you should call the Child Protective Services (CPS) and the Department of Social Services (DSS) immediately. Your local DSHS and CPS are mandated reporters, meaning that they must investigate any reported instances of abuse.
If you work for a non-profit agency, such as the Department of Social Services or the Department of Education, you can file a report using the Whistleblower Protection Act. The Whistleblower Protection Act ensures that confidential reports about abuse are kept confidential. However, you cannot use the Whistleblower Protection Act to help you recover money that was wrongfully due to you. The Whistleblower Protection Act is not applicable to individuals in private sector. However, you may contact your state or local human rights office to find out what your rights are in this case.
If you think you have been a victim of sexual abuse or sexual harassment, it is important to document everything. For instance, if you were sexually harassed by a staff member, include in your report any verbal abuse that was directed at you. It is also important to note the date and location of the incident, whether or not there were any witnesses to the abuse, and the name of the other person who was involved. You should keep all documentation relating to the matter, including your report, in secure storage.