More ‘Abuse’ Reporting will Hurt Children

Richard Wexler
November 22, 2011

Requiring anyone and everyone to report anything and everything they think might be “child abuse” is the worst possible response to the Penn State horrors. It will harm the very children it’s supposed to help.

More than three-quarters of reports alleging abuse and neglect are not substantiated after investigation — even though substantiation typically requires no more than a caseworker’s guess that abuse is more likely than not.

Changing laws now will lead to a deluge of even more false allegations from newly minted “mandated reporters” protecting not children but themselves — because they fear being punished for failure to report. The time wasted on these cases will be stolen from children in real danger, so more such children will be missed….