Mandated reporters are required by law to report suspected cases of child neglect, sexual abuse or physical abuse to the authorities. The purpose is to either stop potential abuse or to prevent further abuse and to provide the victim and family members with the help and resources they need. When mandated reporters fail to carry out their legal duties, the results can be tragic.
The attorneys at the Connecticut law firm of Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney have extensive experience handling sensitive cases involving sexual abuse. We provide compassionate, understanding legal representation that is designed to hold abusers and those who protect abusers accountable for the harm suffered by their victims.
Who Is Considered a Mandatory Reporter Under Connecticut Law?
There are a number of workers who regularly encounter children who are considered mandatory reporters under Connecticut law, including:
- Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals
- Principals, school teachers, coaches and other education professionals
- Social workers
- Police officers
- Clergy members
- Day care and other child care workers
When these and other professionals have reasonable cause to believe or suspect that a child has been abused or neglected, they must report their concerns in accordance with state law. Failure to do so may result in a monetary fine and mandatory participation in a training program.
Holding All Negligent Parties Accountable
In addition to facing potential penalties brought by the state, a mandatory reporter also leaves himself or herself open to civil liability for failing to report suspected child abuse. Our lawyers work hard to hold all negligent parties accountable in sexual abuse cases, including employees, employers and institutions that could have potentially put a stop to the abuse by following mandatory reporting laws.
As a highly regarded law firm that has been a pioneer in these types of cases in Connecticut, you can rely on our legal team to provide you with zealous representation that is sensitive to the nature of these types of cases. We understand how to navigate delicate situations and how to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of the victims of sexual abuse.
Contact the Bridgeport Law Firm of Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney
We understand the concerns of individuals and families about reporting sexual abuse. We are adept at protecting the privacy interests of our clients while holding abusers accountable. Our attorneys are experienced, compassionate and professional when representing our clients. We create an environment where clients can feel safe and confident in our ability to see that justice is done.
Child Sexual Abuse Frequently Asked Questions
How Do You Prove a Molestation Case?
A. Child sexual abuse can take many forms and be difficult to prove, especially if the physical injuries are no longer present. However, many physicians and behavioral specialists are able to spot the warning signs of sexual abuse in children and can help build a strong case against the abuser. Our lawyers are experienced in working with the right experts to help with your claim.
Can You Sue a Teacher for Sexual Abuse?
A. Yes. Teachers can be held liable in a civil claim for sexual abuse against minor students. Like with all civil claims for child sexual abuse, it is important to work with an attorney right away to make sure all evidence is collected and documented to help build your case.
What Are My Legal Rights if I Was Sexually Abused as a Child?
A. Our lawyers represent victims who were sexually abused as children (under the age of 18). The law only allows victims to bring a claim up until the age of 48. Do not wait to learn about your legal options if you were the victim of sexual abuse as a minor.
Why Choose Us?
What is the statute of limitations with regard to filing a sexual abuse claim?
A. Victims who claim damages for sexual abuse, sexual assault or sexual exploitation as a child can file a claim up to 30 years past the age of abuse (typically until the age of 48) in Connecticut.
However, if you claim damages as a result of being sexually assaulted as an adult, then you have a much shorter time period in which to file a lawsuit. Typically, you have three years from the date of the assault to file against the perpetrator for his or her intentional acts and two years from the date of the assault to file against any other person or entity (e.g., perpetrator’s employer) who may have been negligent in allowing the perpetrator to have contact with you.
If there is a criminal case presently pending against the perpetrator, can I still file a civil suit?
What is the difference between criminal and civil cases? Is there a different burden of proof?
The perpetrator is now dead. Can I still file a claim?
I do not want my identity revealed. Is there a way that I can file a claim and remain anonymous?
Who are mandated reporters of suspected child abuse?
Any person so identified who in the course of his or her employment or profession has reasonable cause to believe or suspect that a child has been abused or neglected or has been inflicted with non-accidental injuries or is at imminent risk of serious harm must report or cause a report to be made in accordance with state law. Violation of the law will result in a monetary fine and required participation in an educational and training program. See Connecticut General Statutes Sections 17-101(b); 17a-101a.