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Massachusetts law about child sexual abuse

A compilation of laws, regulations, cases, and web sources on child sexual abuse law.

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Massachusetts laws

MGL c. 265:

s.13B: Indecent Assault and Battery on Child Under 14
s.22A: Rape of a Child; Use of Force
s.23: Rape and Abuse of Child
s.24B: Assault of Child; Intent to Commit Rape

MGL c.119, s.21 Mandated Reporters defined

MGL c.119, s.51A Mandated Reporting explained

MGL c.277, s.63 Statute of Limitations for Criminal Cases: 27 years from reporting or from victim turning 16

MGL c.260, s.4C Statute of Limitations for Tort of Sexual Abuse of Minors

MGL c.260, s.4C-1/2 Negligent Supervision or Conduct which Caused or Contributed to the Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Web sources

The Sexual Abuse of Children in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, Mass. Attorney General
91-page report with 3 main objectives: "(1) to determine whether children were still being sexually abused, or were at risk of being sexually abused by priests or other church workers; (2) to determine whether the conduct of the Archdiocese and its managers in responding to allegations of sexual abuse, or failing to prevent sexual abuse, was criminal and, if so, whether prosecution was appropriate and not time-barred by the statute of limitations, and; (3) to use all available means to ensure that children would be protected in the future."

Warning Signs of Child Abuse or Neglect, Mass. Dept. of Health and Human Services
Lists recognizable physical and behavioral indicators of child abuse or neglect

Print sources

The Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse Allegations: A comprehensive guide to assessment and testimony, Wiley, 2009.

Sexual Assault Trials, by Paul DerOhannesian, LexisNexis, 2014.

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Last updated: April 18, 2018

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