Should a person report abuse from two years ago?

by Kelsey
(Alabama, USA)

If someone was abused two years ago should they report?

Reply from Darlene: Kelsey, while most would believe my reply should be a resounding yes, there isn't enough information for me to give you an answer to this question. See the remainder of my reply to this Ask Darlene question "Should a person report abuse from two years ago?" can be found at Comments below this submission. Depending on system activity, there are sometimes delays in comments going live on my site; but rest assured, they do eventually appear. So if you don't yet see them, I hope you will return later to read what I, and possibly others, have written. I thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Aug 09, 2008
Not enough information...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Kelsey, I do not know if you are referring to child abuse. If it was child abuse:
  • I do not know what type of abuse was inflicted on this person (emotional child abuse for example would be nearly impossible to prove).
  • I do not know if you are referring to yourself or to someone else you wish to give advice to.
  • I do not know the age of the person to whom you are referring (whether or not the person is now an adult);
  • nor do I know the age of the person who committed the abuse (another minor, or an adult).
  • I do not know the relationship between the abuser and the person who was abused (babysitter, family member, close acquaintance).
  • I do not know if the person who was abused is still in danger of, or still being abused.
  • And I do not know the purpose behind wanting to report (for example, to prosecute the abuser).
Kelsey, the above are all relevant details if I am to provide an appropriate and thoughtful answer to the question you've asked of me.

Darlene Barriere
Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

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