Massachusetts laws

MGL c. 265 Crimes against the person:

MGL c.119, § 21 Mandated reporters defined

MGL c.119, § 51A Mandated reporting explained

MGL c.260, § 4C Statute of limitations for tort of sexual abuse of minors

MGL c.260, § 4C-1/2 Negligent supervision or conduct which caused or contributed to the sexual abuse of a minor

MGL c.277, § 63 Statute of limitations for criminal cases: 27 years from reporting to law enforcement, or from victim turning 16

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.

Life with my idiot family: True story of survival, courage and justice over childhood sexual abuse, by Kathy and Gary Picard, Lake Town Publ., 2017

Sexual assault trials, by Paul DerOhannesian, II,  LexisNexis, 2014.



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