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Expanding Abuse Reporting Requirements: Texas, South Carolina, Colorado and National Trends

Gregory S. Love, Esq. Kimberlee D. Norris, Esq. Date: January 1, 2015 ATTENTION COUNSELORS in university, ministry and camping contexts. Am I a mandatory reporter? If an adult describes having been abused as a child, am I required to report? When? How do expanding reporting requirements impact college and university counselors? How do reporting requirements …

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Criminal Background Checks: What You Should Know

No flawless criminal records search exists.  Why? To reduce the risk of sexual abuse, organizations rely on criminal background checks to assess the risk of a staff member or volunteer – and they should.  BUT, a criminal background check is not the stand-alone answer.  Below is some information about criminal background checks that organizations must have to understand the weaknesses of …

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Third-Party Use of Facilities and Sexual Abuse Risk

Third-Party Use of Facilities and Sexual Abuse Risk:Observations for Camps, Conference Centers, Colleges and Churches Gregory S. Love, Esq.Kimberlee D. Norris, Esq. Any activity or locale where children are gathered engenders the risk of sexual abuse. Many of these gatherings take place in camps, conference centers, colleges and churches. All child-serving organizations should make reasonable …

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Sexual Abuse Fire Drill

Sexual Abuse ‘Fire Drill’: Put Preparation to the Test  Gregory S. Love, Esq. Kimberlee D. Norris, Esq.  In classrooms across the country, school administrators lead faculty and students through mock disasters (fires, shootings, bomb threats, tornados, etc.) to ensure the existence of sound safety plans, communicate expectations to all involved, and determine any necessary changes or …

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When in Doubt, Report Suspicions of Abuse: Lessons from Vinelife Church (Longmont, CO)

Youth Pastor arrested and Five church officials charged with failure to report. A recent situation in Longmont, Colorado touches on several important teaching points for church leadership: 1. Sexual Abusers have no visual profile; 2. Sexual Abuse Awareness Training is critical to protect our young people; 3. The ‘grooming process’ involves manipulation and deception, rather …

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Church Employees Arrested/Charged for Failure to Report Sexual Abuse

Five employees at Victory Christian Church in Tulsa, OK arrested for two-week delay in notifying authorities of sexual abuse allegations Article : Tulsa World Link to article Brief Facts Chris Denman and Israel Castillo, both members of Victory Christian Church  (VCC), were both recently hired as janitors in the same department.   In August, Castillo allegedly …

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Standards of Care are Rising for Church Planters and Missionaries

FLORIDA BAPTIST CONVENTION FOUND LIABLE IN ABUSE CASE … though abuser was not an employee of the Convention Article in the Orlando Sentinel: http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-05-17/news/os-baptist-sex-abuse-verdict-20120517_1_triangle-community-church-douglas-w-myers-church-planter Brief Facts Douglas W. Myers was a Baptist pastor and church planter.  Myers allegedly received training and funds from the Florida Baptist Convention (Convention), and others, in connection with planting two …

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Preventing Sexual Abuse in Youth Sports – What’s Working, What’s Not

Can we take one more news report of a child being sexually abused by a coach?  In the last calendar year, no area of youth sports has remained untouched by child sexual abuse.  Take for example: *Robert ‘Bobby’ Dodd — former president of the Amateur Athletic Union and youth sports basketball coach.  Dodd is currently …

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Sexual Abuse Awareness Training Required at Texas Colleges and Universities – Senate Bill 1414

Effective September 1, 2011 On June 17, 2011, the Texas Governor signed SB 1414, which creates new requirements for ‘institutions of higher education’ that provide or host campus programs for minors.  Sexual Abuse Awareness Training is now required by the newly enacted Section 51.976 of the Texas Education Code. What is a ‘Campus Program for …

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Texas SB 471 – Changes in the Law for Child Placing Agencies and Day Care Centers – Preventing Sexual Abuse and Maltreatment

Gregory S. Love, Esq Kimberlee D. Norris, Esq in mid-June 2011, the Governor of Texas signed SB 471 into law, amending current law related to public schools, charter schools, day care centers and child placing agencies. The overarching purpose of SB 471 requires child abuse and neglect training and policies in schools and child care …

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