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Florida Annotated Statutes § 39.201 sets forth a list of professionals required to report instances of child abuse and neglect (including sexual abuse) to authorities. These professionals include medical care and mental health professionals, teachers and school officials, social workers, day care workers, foster care workers, law enforcement officers and judges, and “practitioners who rely solely on spiritual means for healing.”
Any person who knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that a child is the victim of childhood sexual abuse or the victim of a known or suspected juvenile sexual offender is also required to make a report.
Reports must be made immediately. Failure to report is a misdemeanor.
Florida Ann. Stat. § 39.01 provides that “sexual abuse of a child” means one or more of the following acts:
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