Every state in America has an age below which minors cannot consent to sexual activity.
This ranges from 14-years-old to 18-years-old, depending on the state. Any adult who engages in sexual activity with a girl under this age is committing statutory rape and is open to criminal prosecution. More than 12 years of research has revealed that the vast majority of clinic workers and family planning service employees fail to report cases of statutory rape. In undercover conversations, many clinic personnel even went so far as to coach a 13-year-old girl on ways to cover-up this crime.
Additionally, every state has mandatory reporting laws that require health care workers, counselors and other designated reporters, to inform the state’s designated agency if they have reason to suspect that a minor is engaging in sexual activity.
The law does not permit healthcare workers to decide which cases should be reported. It is not the job of a mandated reporter to investigate cases of child abuse. You are required to report all such cases. It then becomes the job of child protective services or the designated state agency to investigate these cases.
Every underage girl who seeks an abortion, birth control, or treatment for STDs are all indications of sexual activity and is a potential victim of statutory rape and must be reported. Any clinic worker or ‘family planning service’ employee that does not alert authorities when statutory rape is known or suspected may be exposed to criminal prosecution for failing to report this possible abuse.
Beware of policies and procedures that are designed to solicit business from underage girls by promising them confidentiality along with abortion services or birth control. Confidentiality in these cases is actually illegal because it would violate mandatory reporting laws. If a clinic owner or manager instructs you not to report these cases or encourages you to circumvent these laws by ‘looking the other way’, then they are conspiring to violate the law. Covering up statutory rape or other abuse is a crime, even if you are acting under instructions from your employer to do so.
Failure to report your suspicions that a minor may be sexually active can result in charges being brought against you, like obstruction of justice.
In addition, you could be held liable for civil damages should the victim of this abuse or a parent of the victim file a lawsuit that involves your failure to comply with mandatory reporting laws. Furthermore, you could also be named in lawsuits filed by any subsequent victim of statutory rape or other abuse, if it turns out that the perpetrator of this abuse escaped detection by law enforcement at an earlier date because of a case that you failed to report.
AM I IN LEGAL TROUBLE?
When abortion clinic owners or directors are engaged in illegal activities, it is common for them to lure their employees into participating in these crimes. They believe that employees who are personally involved in criminal activity will be so frightened about detection and prosecution that they will keep silent.
At Life Dynamics, we have extensive experience helping abortion clinic workers who are in this situation. If you have been a witness to, a participant in, or a victim of illegal activity taking place in an abortion clinic, you should immediately call to get the advice and assistance you need. There are no charges for our services.