Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Requirements in Kansas Do Not Apply to Sex Between Age-Mates When Injury Is Not Suspected

Aid for Women v. Foulston, 327 F. Supp. 2d 1273 (D. Kan. 2004)

Kansas, like all states, mandates that suspected child abuse or neglect, including sexual abuse, be reported to a designated state agency.  Under the relevant Kansas statute, a wide range of professional groups, including mental health professionals, must file a report if there is reason to suspect that a child has been injured as the result of sexual abuse, as well as physical, mental, or emotional abuse or neglect.  A failure to submit a required report is punishable as a misdemeanor...

Found in DMHL Volume 24 Issue 2