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Virginia Annotated Code § 63.2-1509 sets forth a long list of professionals required to report suspected child abuse and neglect (including sexual abuse) to authorities. The list includes medical and mental health care professionals, social workers, school employees, law enforcement officers, court-appointed special advocates, athletic coaches and employees of private sports organizations or teams, and day camp workers.
In addition, any other person who suspects abuse or neglect may make a report.
Reports must be made within 72 hours. Failure to report can result in a fine of $500 or more. Failure to report instances of sexual abuse is a misdemeanor.
Virginia Ann. Code § 63.2-100 provides ‘abused or neglected child’ means any child younger than age 18:
The term ‘abused or neglected child’ includes any child younger than age 18 whose parents or other person responsible for his or her care commits or allows to be committed any act of sexual exploitation or any sexual act upon a child in violation of the law.
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