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CHILD ABUSE REPORTING. The Law NMSA 32A-4-3 . Any person…acting in an official capacity who knows or has a reasonable suspicion that a child is an abused or neglected child shall report the matter immediately to:. A local law enforcement agency;

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child abuse reporting
CHILD ABUSEREPORTING

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The LawNMSA 32A-4-3. Any person…acting in an official capacity who knows or has a reasonable suspicion that a child is an abused or neglected child shall report the matter immediately to:
  • A local law enforcement agency;
  • The CYF department office in the county where the child resides; or
  • Tribal law enforcement or social services agencies for any Indian child residing in Indian country.

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CHILDREN’S CODEArticle 4- Child Abuse and Neglect32a-4-2B. “abused child” means a child:1) who has suffered physical abuse or psychological abuse inflicted by the child’s parent, guardian, or custodian ;2) who has suffered sexual abuse or sexual exploitation inflicted by the child’s parent, guardian, or custodian;

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CHILDREN’S CODE continued…An abused child is:3) whose parent, guardian, or custodian has knowingly, intentionally, or negligently placed the child in a situation that may endanger the child’s life or health; or4) whose parent, guardian, or custodian has knowingly or intentionally tortured, cruelly confined or cruelly punished the child.

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E.“sexual abuse”includes, but is not limited to,criminal sexual penetration, as those acts are defined by state law; and

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F. “sexual exploitation”includes, but is not limited to: 1. Allowing, permitting or encouraging a child to engage in prostitution;2. Allowing, permitting, encouraging or engaging a child in obscene or pornographic commercial purposes; as those acts are defined by state law.

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child molestors
CHILD MOLESTORS
  • Pedophile:
    • Compulsive sexual interest in children who have not reached puberty.
  • Hebephile:
    • Compulsive sexual interest in adolescents
  • Sexually Stupid:
    • Actions viewed as romantic

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statistics
Statistics
  • 1 of 5 girls and 1 of 5 boys
  • Enough to fill 1000 sold-out Super Bowls.
  • Molester who targets boys will molest 100 boys before they are caught – (FBI statistics)
  • 1 in 20 men have molested a child- USDOJ
  • 1 out of 10 victims reports molestation

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who are these people
Who Are These People??
  • 90% of sex offenders are known to the child.
  • White-collar males- 90%
  • Ages 30-40
  • Married with Children
  • Popular with Children and Parents
  • Occupations or specialties with frequent

one-on-one contact with children.

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who are they at school
Who Are They At School??
  • Voted Favorite Teacher or is popular with students and teachers.
  • Received Outstanding Teacher Awards.
  • Coaches, Drama, Art, Music, and Physical Education teachers

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recognize unusual behavior
Recognize Unusual Behavior!
  • Spends unusual time with student(s).
  • Seems to be overly sensitive to student needs and issues.
  • Gives unusual (inappropriate) gifts.
  • Unusual Attention paid to student(s).

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1 800 797 3260

1-800-797-3260

When reporting, provide the following information:

Name and age and gender of the child

Address and phone number of child’s home

Parent’s place of employment

Description of suspected abuse

Current condition of child

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NM Children’s CodeIncidentReportto Law Enforcement or NM Children, Youth & FamiliesInitial agency informs other agency

Immediately

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

Preponderance of Evidence

W/in 48 hours

immediately

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NM Children’s Code continued…Agencies Conduct InvestigationDetermination of Suspected AbuseCriminal Proceeding

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

Preponderance of Evidence

Abuse Suspected

No Abuse

Proceedings End

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touching
TOUCHING
  • Pinching
  • Laying Hands on
  • Hugging
  • Tickling
  • Kissing
  • Sitting on Lap

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child abuse neglect test true or false
Child Abuse & Neglect TestTrue or False
  • Abused or neglected children may become abusive and neglectful parents.
  • Spanking and other types of physical abuse are wrong and considered to be child abuse.
  • The difference between abuse and neglect is that abuse represents an action against a child while neglect represents a lack of action for the child.
  • Abuse may be directed towards only one child in the family.

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Child Abuse and Neglect Testcontinued…

5. Neglect is most apt to involve children from infancy to six years of age.

6. Most abusive and neglectful parents suffer from mental illness.

7. Bruises on the elbows, knees, skin or forehead are likely to be accidental in a preschooler.

8. Abused children will usually discuss the abuse in an effort to stop it.

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Child Abuse and Neglect Testcontinued…

9. Early reporting is encouraged so that the child may be removed from the home of the abusive parent.

10. You must have evidence of abuse or neglect before you report it.

11. If you report abuse or neglect and your suspicions are unfounded, you are liable for civil or criminal suit.

12. An anonymous report of abuse and neglect will not be investigated.

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Child Abuse and Neglect Testcontinued…

13. The identity of the person who reports child abuse or neglect is protected under state law.

14. Children will frequently fantasize that they have been sexually abused to “get even” with an adult.

15. Abused and neglected children almost always are from low-income families.

16. Sexual abuse usually occurs between a child and a stranger.

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17. A child may be abused without anyone ever being able to know.

18. A child never will enjoy sexual touch.

19. By teaching a child about sexual assault, you may frighten the child or cause the child to be sexually active.

20. A child under 12 years of age should never be left at home alone.

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a simple rule

A SIMPLE RULE

Any sexual contact with a student, of any age, is strictly prohibited.

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