Here Are The Mandatory Reporting Laws In Rhode Island

Rhode Island

(1) Does the state require everyone to report child abuse, including sex abuse?  Yes. “Any person who has reasonable cause to know or suspect that any child has been abused” is required to report. A separate section of the law also requires “any person” to report in cases where sexual abuse occurs at the hands of someone associated with an educational program.

(2) Does the law require coaches to report child abuse? Yes, because everyone is required to report.

(3) Does the law require college staff to report child abuse? Yes, because everyone is required to report.

(4) Does the law allow jail time for those who fail to properly report abuse? Yes; the penalty for failing to report is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and up to a $500 fine.

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Aaron Keller is an attorney licensed in two states. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. During law school, he completed legal residencies in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General and in a local prosecutor’s office. He was employed as a summer associate in the New Hampshire Department of Safety, which manages the state police, and further served as a summer law clerk for a New York trial judge. Before law school, Keller worked for television stations in New York and in the Midwest, mostly as an evening news anchor and investigative reporter. His original reporting on the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Halbach was years later featured in the Netflix film "Making A Murderer."

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