Mass. Dept of Children & Families failed to report 118 incidents of child sexual abuse

And who would deem sexual abuse as unworthy to qualify as a “critical incident”? Perpetrators? Do you sense a scandal in the making here? I do.

The audit covered January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015. Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration started implementing reforms in 2015.

Among the incidents covered in the audit, according to Bump’s office: “two male employees at different DCF-contracted residential facilities who sexually abused three girls each; a 10-year-old who was raped by his father; a 4-year-old who was sexually abused by her mother; and a 17-year-old who was gang-raped by five assailants. In one case, a male who had sexually abused one child, abused the child’s sibling less than one year later.”

The audit said the agency did not consider sexual abuse as something that rose to the level of “critical incident,” and that’s why agency officials did not report those 118 cases to the Office of the Child Advocate during the period of the audit.

The agency is also not ensuring that potentially criminal actions are referred to prosecutors for investigation and potential legal action, the audit said.

During the two-year period of the audit, the agency was also unaware of 260 incidents “of what appeared to be serious bodily injury to children in its care,” Bump’s office said.

The audit discovered gunshot wounds, burns and head contusions went undetected by the Department of Children and Families…

More at https://www.masslive.com/news/2017/12/audit_of_massachusetts_departm.html

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