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05. What is “abuse” under the mandatory reporting law?

     - Any assault of a child and any physical injury to a child caused by other than accidental means;

       - Any mental injury to a child, which shall include only observable and substantial impairment of the child’s mental or psychological ability to function caused by cruelty to the child, with due regard to the culture of the child;

         - Rape of a child, which includes but is not limited to rape, sodomy, unlawful sexual penetration and incest;

           - Sexual abuse; and

          • Sexual exploitation, including:
          • Contribution to the sexual delinquency of a minor;
          • Allowing, permitting, encouraging or hiring a child to engage in prostitution or patronize a prostitute;
          • Negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child;
          • Threatened harm to a child, which means subject a child to a substantial risk of harm to the child’s health or welfare; and
          • Buying or selling a child.

          Training Topics: 
          Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse