The issue lies in the delicate nature of the crimes - and the consequences of intervention. Many cases of abuse are rife with potential for long-term harm of the child, whether or not the assault is reported. The decision to report is rarely clear-cut, says Theresa Costello, director of the National Resource Center for Child Protective Services, who was not involved with the new research. "Professionals want to advocate for their clients, but they also know the reality of the public child-welfare system," she says. "There is a natural professional dilemma when you see a kid and you think, 'I should make a report,' but you're not sure you want to subject that child to the system."

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Have you ever known about the emotional, physical or sexual abuse of a child, and you didn't say anything?
The issue lies in the delicate nature of the crimes - and the consequences of intervention. Many cases of abuse are rife with potential for long-term harm of the child, whether or not the assault is reported. The decision to report is rarely clear-cut, says Theresa Costello, director of the National Resource Center for Child Protective Services, who was not involved with the new research. "Professionals want to advocate for their clients, but they also know the reality of the public child-welfare system," she says. "There is a natural professional dilemma when you see a kid and you think, 'I should make a report,' but you're not sure you want to subject that child to the system."

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13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/15/08 - 12:01:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
nope. i would have said something if i knew that.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/15/08 - 12:59:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think I could live with myself if I did.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/15/08 - 1:12:36 AM EST (GMT-5)
We called the police on the neighbours when we saw the fat tub of lard beating on his kid and then sitting on him. Bastard.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/15/08 - 9:49:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
no. if i did, i would definitely say something
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/15/08 - 1:14:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
Big jock knew. Scum bag.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/15/08 - 5:02:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
I had concerns about a child in the preschool.

I reported my concerns to the head of the preschool, but I don't think she followed up. I didn't report them to any government agency.

I still wonder about that child - who would now be about 27 years old.

I myself was sexually abused, and didn't tell anyone about it until I was in my 20s.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/15/08 - 8:40:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
nope
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 12/16/08 - 9:19:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
Not that I recall.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/14/09 - 11:30:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. None of the people I know have kids so I'm not in any contact with kids to be able to tell if any of them has been abused.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 2/20/09 - 5:27:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, when I suspected it I told people but they didn't listen to me.



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