I suspect that a child is being sexually abused. Do I have to report it?

If you suspect a child is being sexually abused, call STSM immediately. All staff members at STSM are mandated reporters meaning, by law, we must report a suspected abuse if a child or vulnerable adult has been or may be assaulted. Mandated reporting will happen if there is reason to suspect abuse; it is law enforcement’s/ DDS's job to determine if the suspicion is correct. Other people in our community who are mandated reporters include teachers, doctors, clergy, film developers, and all law enforcement.

If you feel uncomfortable reporting to law enforcement, call STSM at (803) 790- 8208 can we can make the report to law enforcement for you.