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Reporting cases of suggested sexual abuse is vital to increase the safety and well-being of victims, particularly children or vulnerable adults. At Crew Janci, we are dedicated to emphasizing the significance of promptly reporting such incidents, clarifying the legal obligations associated with reporting, and providing crucial contact information for your state’s Child Protective Services (CPS) and Adult Protective Services (APS) – or equivalents. 

Reporting sexual abuse is both a moral and legal obligation that has the potential to save lives and prevent further harm. Victims of sexual abuse frequently endure their suffering in silence, grappling with feelings of guilt, shame, and fear. Meanwhile, perpetrators of sexual abuse are often repeat offenders who may abuse dozens of individuals over a long period of time. By reporting suspected abuse early, survivors can access the necessary support and services for healing. Additionally, reporting plays a crucial role in identifying and holding perpetrators accountable, thereby preventing them from causing harm to others.

If you are the victim of sexual abuse, or you suspect sexual abuse involving children or vulnerable adults, it’s critical to contact the appropriate authorities as promptly as possible. 

Information for Oregon Sexual Abuse Victims:

Child Protective Services (CPS): To report suspected child sexual abuse in Oregon, contact the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Abuse Hotline at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233). Reports can also be submitted online through the Oregon DHS website: https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/CHILDREN/Pages/child-abuse.aspx

Adult Protective Services (APS): To report suspected sexual abuse of a vulnerable adult in Oregon, contact the Oregon DHS Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) Hotline at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).

Information for Washington State Sexual Abuse Victims:

Child Protective Services (CPS): To report suspected child sexual abuse in Washington, contact the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) Child Abuse Hotline at 1-866-ENDHARM (1-866-363-4276).

Adult Protective Services (APS): To report suspected abuse of vulnerable adults in Washington, contact the Washington DHS hotline at 1-866-ENDHARM (1-866-363-4276). Reports can also be submitted online through DSHS: https://fortress.wa.gov/dshs/altsaapps/OCR/publicOCR.PubRptInputReporterInformation.executeLoad.action

For other state contact information, please reach out to Crew Janci. You can Submit Our Confidential Form.

Many states, including Oregon and Washington, uphold strict legal obligations concerning the reporting of suspected sexual abuse. In some states, these obligations apply to all citizens. Other states designate “mandatory reporters,” spanning various roles such as teachers, healthcare professionals, social workers, counselors, law enforcement personnel, and clergy members, as legally obligated to report any suspected incidents of abuse, including sexual abuse.

Failure to report abuse as a mandatory reporter can result in severe consequences, encompassing civil and criminal penalties. It is crucial to emphasize that reporting suspicions of abuse is not limited to mandatory reporters; anyone possessing information about abuse should promptly report it to the relevant authorities.

In summary, reporting sexual abuse is a moral obligation and, in many states, is also a legal imperative. By reporting suspected incidents, we can safeguard the most vulnerable individuals in our communities, provide essential support to survivors, and ensure that those responsible for these reprehensible actions are held accountable. If you suspect child or adult sexual abuse, please do not hesitate to contact your state’s Child Protective Services or Adult Protective Services. Together, we can work towards a safer and more just society for all.

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