Georgia law requires more abuse reporting
Summer-camp volunteers, coaches and Sunday school teachers will be required to report boys' and girls' complaints of abuse under a new Georgia law that went into effect this week.
Those who don't report sexual or physical abuse or neglect could face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Before the law was amended, workers such as teachers, police and physicians were required to report suspicions of abuse. But parts of the law were vague and didn't state clearly everyone who is required to report, said Melissa Carter, director of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center at Emory University.
Now anyone who volunteers or works with children is a "mandatory reporter," required to tell supervisors about any child abuse, ranging from physical injury to neglect and sexual abuse.
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