Many people would agree that sexual abuse is one of the most traumatic types of harm that a person can experience.
Because of this, it should not be a surprise that every state in America has created laws that require health professionals to report “sexual abuse of minors, including statutory rape” .
In addition to this, Title X healthcare facilities are required to follow state criminal reporting laws.
However, there can sometimes be a very big difference between what the laws say and what actually happens.
Unfortunately, there is a great deal of evidence to suggest that many facilities are not following reporting instances of abuse, but instead covering them up.
In one undercover operation, a woman posing as a 13 year old minor involved in a relationship with a 22 year old male called hundreds of abortion clinics to see how they would respond.
A shocking 91% of these clinics suggested that the girl either lie about her partner’s age or not mention it at all when in the clinic .
While we may never be able to bring a complete end to sexual abuse, simply providing stronger enforcement of reporting laws could do much to deter sexual predators.
 Americans United for Life. (2008). Defending Life 2008. 3rd ed. Chicago, Il: Americans United for Life, 2008. Print.
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