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The Shocking Truth about Mandatory Reporting [Mormon Discussion: 390]

In this eye-opening episode of the Mormon Discussion podcast, host Bill Reel takes a brave and unexpected stance on a topic that has long been considered a cornerstone in the fight against abuse. In “The Shocking Truth about Mandatory Reporting,” Bill discloses a profound shift in his perspective after delving into extensive research on the subject. CONTENT WARNING: This episode may be difficult to hear for those who have been abused or help prevent and heal from abuse, as Bill grapples with a challenging realization. Before diving into the intricacies of his changed viewpoint, Bill wants to make it abundantly clear that he remains passionately committed to the cause of eradicating abuse in both the “Mormon” and “post-Mormon” communities. Join Bill Reel as he fearlessly explores the complexities surrounding mandatory reporting, challenging conventional wisdom and engaging listeners in a thought-provoking dialogue that aims to foster a safer and more informed community. Buckle up for an episode that confronts uncomfortable truths, encourages open conversation, and ultimately seeks to contribute to the ongoing efforts to create a safer environment for all.

RESOURCES:

https://publicsquaremag.org/politics-law/legal/a-misguided-crusade-how-mandatory-reporting-fails-our-children/

https://publicsquaremag.org/sexuality-family/sexual-abuse/latter-day-saint-abuse-myths/

https://search.brave.com/search?q=what+research+studies+say+about+mandatory+reporting&source=web

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK195993/

https://scholars.unh.edu/honors/15/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5652515/

https://www.umass.edu/research/guidance/mandatory-reporting

https://aifs.gov.au/resources/resource-sheets/mandatory-reporting-child-abuse-and-neglect

https://ldi.upenn.edu/our-work/research-updates/preventing-child-abuse-is-more-reporting-better/

https://www.mdpi.com/2076-0760/11/7/273

https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubpdfs/manda.pdf

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1 thought on “The Shocking Truth about Mandatory Reporting [Mormon Discussion: 390]”

  1. Bill,
    I appreciate and respect your intellectual integrity. I wish more people would learn to use reason and evidence in a productive way. I feel like there are some simplistic reactions and conclusions when we talk abut this very complex and difficult issue (child abuse and reporting it).
    your conclusions are valid… but are not the whole story. I am reminded of the saying “there are lies, three are damn lies, and then there are statistics”. Most of the things sited in the research you reference are things I have understood and have believed to be the case from very early in my process of trying to understand this. However, most, if not all, of these issues result from our inability to recognize and appropriately deal with these situations as a society. They are in no way a vindication of not requiring abuse to be reported.
    the questions we should be asking is why do so many people misinterpret normal situations for abuse (false reports)? Why do we not effectively recognize true abuse situations? Why do victims feel traumatized when abuse is investigated? why are the outcomes of these investigations often less than helpful. How do we as a society stop children from being abused without contributing to the trauma? etc, etc, And unfortunately the church has no answers to any of these questions. At least none that are fact based and outside of their delusional word view. In other words… ones that actually work.
    For example the idea that “resources will be overwhelmed” is probably true, however I don’t think we should just shrug our shoulders and say “well it increases our work load so lets just ignore child abuse”. I’m pretty sure you don’t feel that way either. ANY suspicion of a child being abused should be evaluated and dealt with. the issue of being overwhelmed should be resolved with a combination of training, increased staffing, and perhaps new processes to address that. When I hear that former victims are reporting that mandatory reporting caused them problems or at least was unhelpful, I see that as a mandate to re-evaluate how we respond to these situations.
    I could go on but I think you understand what I am saying.
    the core of this issue is, and for me, always has been that I don’t think it is appropriate for a religious institution to be given the option to place themselves above the law or professional best practices in the relevant field and operate on their own delusions rather than the laws of our society. Why does our legal system give preferential allowance for the baseless and delusional nonsense of religious belief systems? (I know the answer to that unfortunately)
    If we are talking about “studies and research” please show me ONE instance where we have data that shows that someone’s “soul has been saved”. Its complete BS. and public policy should never be based on complete BS in my humble opinion.
    I have personal knowledge of a situation in my extended family where the churches failure in this area caused, and continues to cause, enormous pain and suffering for innocent people. I have sat in church “courts of love” and observed people get what amounts to a “get out of jail” card by blaming their actions on the perceived “demons” of the church, and feigning “repentance”. It bothered me then, and angers me now.
    The fact is that the church does not train nor do they seem to understand what needs to happen in these cases. they consistently get it wrong. So my question would be “why are we turning this important public policy regarding the safety of our children over to people that clearly have no clue how to deal with it”? Are we saying that the plumber the church coerced into taking the job as a bishop is more qualified to deal with these situations than trained professionals? I doubt any rational person would accept that. And frankly if that were the case, we have some very scary issues with the professional systems in place!
    the research you site is very one dimensional in that it speaks only to the statistical outcomes in our current system. It says obsoletely NOTHING about whether it is important to allow religions to skirt the legal system as they see fit based on their delusional beliefs. these are completely separate issues.
    I believe that you may realize this , but many who listen to this will not, in spite of your disclaimer at the beginning.
    In short.. the current system is broken and often fails victims, but religion is not qualified nor, unfortunately, are they inclined to solve that.
    thanks for what you do!.

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