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Massachusetts Law About Child Sexual Abuse

Massachusetts Laws

MGL c. 265:

MGL c.119, s.21: Mandated Reporters defined.

MGL c.119, s.51A: Mandated Reporting explained

MGL c.277, s.63: Statute of Limitations for Criminal Cases: 27 years from reporting or from victim turning 16.

MGL c. 260 s. 4C: Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse of Minors (Civil Cases). 35 years from act or 7 years from when "victim discovered or reasonably should have discovered that an emotional or psychological injury or condition was caused by said act." Be sure to see also 2014 amendments

MGL c.260, s.4C-1/2 as added by St.2014, c.145: Extending the statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases

Other Web Sources

The Sexual Abuse of Children in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, Mass. Attorney General. 91-page report with three main objectives: "(1) to determine whether children were still being sexually abused, or were at risk of being sexually abused by priests or other church workers; (2) to determine whether the conduct of the Archdiocese and its managers in responding to allegations of sexual abuse, or failing to prevent sexual abuse, was criminal and, if so, whether prosecution was appropriate and not time-barred by the statute of limitations, and; (3) to use all available means to ensure that children would be protected in the future.

Warning Signs for Child Abuse or Neglect, Mass. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Lists "recognizable physical and behavioral indicators of child abuse or neglect."

Print Sources

The Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse Allegations : a comprehensive guide to assessment and testimony, Wiley, 2009.

Sexual Assault Trials, by Paul DerOhannesian, LexisNexis, 2006.