When a mandatory reporter must report Each state has a timeline for when mandatory reporter has to make a report. States have typically decided that a mandatory reporter must report when he or she either knows or has a reasonable belief that a child has been abused.
Penalties for not reporting Many states have said that a mandatory reporter can be penalized for not reporting. Most states have made it a crime. Only two states (North Carolina and Wyoming) consider not reporting a crime.
Seven states have determined that a victim can sue a mandatory reporter who does not report. These states are:
Coaches as mandatory reporters
A number of states require coaches to report abuse. These states include:
District of Columbia
Every adult must report
If you're an adult living in Indiana, Oklahoma or Wyoming and reasonably believe that a child is being abused, you are required by law to report the abuse.