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Question and Answers Relating to Reporting Sexual Abuse from CT DCF

We found the below questions and answers regarding reporting sexual abuse very helpful from the Connecticut DCF website. It also clarifies Mandated Reporters and their obligations.
Q. How do I respond to a child who reports abuse to me?
A.  Tell the child that you believe them and that you are going to contact people who can help. Respect the privacy of the child. The child will need to tell their story in detail later, so don't press the child for details. Remember, you need only suspect abuse to make a report. Don't display horror, shock, or disapproval of parents, child, or the situation. Don't place blame or make judgments about the parent or child. Believe the child if she/he reports sexual abuse. It is rare for a child to lie about sexual abuse.

Update on Sexual Abuse Initiatives from CT State Legislature

At least six out of 10 children who have been sexually abused suffer  from post-traumatic stress syndrome, according to the state Department of Children and Families. As  such the DCF will use a $3.2 million federal grant to improve the way  the agency, community-based clinics and social workers statewide handle  children affected by trauma in all its forms.

Hartford diocese Found Negligent in Abuse Case

A jury determined Friday that the Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford should pay $1 million in damages to a former altar boy who was sexually abused by a priest decades ago, ruling that the church was reckless and negligent in allowing a known pedophile to have access to children.

Feds: Granby Connecticut Police Captain Had Horrific Child Porn Stash

Federal prosecutors say that a former Granby police captain who was investigating child pornography secretly amassed one of the largest child porn collections in Connecticut.

Teacher Aide Charged for Making Child Porn in NYC Elementary School

A New York City teacher's aide already accused of possessing child pornography was jailed Tuesday after prosecutors brought new allegations that he videotaped himself spanking one naked child and fondling another in a public elementary school classroom. FBI agents arrested Taleek Brooks, 40, at his Brooklyn apartment on Monday night after an investigation uncovered the videos on a computer seized last month from the home, authorities said. A criminal complaint mentioned only two alleged victims -- both believed by the federal authorities to be current or former students at the Weeksville School in Brooklyn, where Brooks had worked since 1995.

Priest Abuse Trial: Judge Blocks Testimony From Church's Expert Witness

Lawsuit Against Hartford Archdiocese Involves Its Response To Child Sex Abuse 30 Years Ago A judge on Thursday said the Catholic Church cannot defend itself from a priest sex abuse case by arguing that its response to the abuse -- considered by many to be inappropriate now -- was generally accepted when the abuse occurred 30 years ago.

2nd teacher Arrested at L.A School in Sex Abuse Case - Over 20 Victims

A second teacher at a Los Angeles elementary school has been arrested in connection with sex abuse allegations, the Associated Press reports, quoting sheriff's department officials. The first teacher was arrested this week and charged with photographing children for sexual thrills. The teacher was removed from Miramonte Elementary School after someone made accusations against him, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy tells KTTV-TV. He declined to provide details but said the district had notified law enforcement investigators, the AP says. "We have some information and we are currently investigating that," but the teacher has not been arrested or charged with any crime, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Carlos Marquez says. Third-grade teacher Mark Berndt, who worked at the school for 30 years, was charged with committing lewd acts on 23 children, ages 6 to 10, between 2005 and 2010. He is in jail on $23 million bail and could face life in prison if convicted.

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