OT: My company wants me to get a Pennsylvania license

And part of the licensing process is completion of an online course on recognizing and reporting child abuse. Which I did this morning, three whole hours. And as I went through the course, two words kept coming to mind:

Jerry Sandusky.

The training made it very clear that employees of institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania (among a lot of other occupations, including mine) are required to report known or suspected child abuse, sexual or otherwise, and failure to do so is a felony. Under the current law, Mike McQueary would have been required to report the abuse he witnessed to the state hotline, and Joe Paterno also would have been required to report.

They weren’t required to do it before? Just morally obligated to do so?

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I find that national banks get very progressive in adhering to regulation immediately after they pay millions in penalties. Similarly, Pennsylvania appears to have gotten religion after Jerrygate.

Pretty much, Also under the category of “horse gone, then barn door closed”. But hopefully this will prevent the next Sandusky.

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In my working days I had to take training (followed by a test) in all kinds of abuse, harassment and such every two years since I had employee’s under my supervision in California. I always opened my eyes to sick things people have done. Wow.

That was a big deal for Ski Instructors. We had to take that training each year. You can understand why. We often took kids away all over the mountain and town for the day. The mountain was Federal land as well. I did very little with kids, but that did not matter. We were not expected to be police, but if we heard something, we were to report it to supervisor and let them handle. It was a serous issue.

I think McQueary fulfilled his requirement under the law at that time by reporting to Paterno or whichever PSU supervisor he notified. Of course it then got swept under the rug.

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At least in my case (ski Instructor),Once you report it up the line, you have done your duty. It becomes up to somebody else to do the real investigations and dirty work.

Same in PA, although the change is that the reporting requirement is to the state hotline, not your supervisor. You also have the right to find out what happened with the investigation, if you wish.

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