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Sorry, I said she was abused by an aunt, but was by her UNCLE
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I am sorry to hear about the concerns you are having about this girl. Since you are retired, it does not appear that you would be in a position to be a mandated reporter. However, it is understandable that if you have concerns that you may still want to report your suspicions. You could certainly make a call to ChildLine who will investigate whether there is evidence of abuse and whether they need to step in to protect the child. ChildLine can be reached at(NNN) NNN-NNNNand they will let you know if this is a situation that they feel needs to be reported. ChildLine's website is: http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/partnersproviders/childwelfare/003670361.htm
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You are very welcome. This is a very difficult position to be in, but I believe that it is always better to err on the side of protecting those who cannot protect themselves.
Yes, I think so too, but I am afraid that everybody, like the child's mother and the agency will say that it is all my imagination
Specially because it is her own mother
It is possible that this will be their determination, but all you can do is report and leave the investigation to the agencies who are responsible for this. The system is not perfect. However, by reporting you know that you have done everything that you can.
One more question: do you think the way I see all the factors make sense?
It does sound as if this is a possibility that there may be a pattern here. Of course, I am not in a position to evaluate what has happened, however, the fact that you have a gut feeling/suspicion of abuse raises enough concern to suggest that a report would be very appropriate in this situation.
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