(1) Does the state require everyone to report child abuse, including sex abuse? Almost. “Any adult person who is employed by an entity that provides organized activities for children” must report.
(2) Does the law require coaches to report child abuse? Yes, if “employed,” by way of the above language. Volunteers may not be required to report. Anyone holding a state license or certification for a profession must also report, including athletic trainers.
(3) Does the law require college staff to report child abuse? Yes, under the presumption that their “entity provides organized activities for children.”
(4) Does the law allow jail time for those who fail to properly report abuse? Yes; failing to report is a misdemeanor offense with a punishment of up to six months in jail.
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