Child abuse has been thrust into the national consciousness after the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State. Now with the zaniness surrounding "Octomom" Nadya Suleman's latest child neglect fiasco, some may be wondering when the duty to report child abuse attaches.
From a moral perspective, the answer is "whenever you see it." But like with many things in the world, people don't always do what's right. Abuse can devastate a child's life. Studies have shown the damage inflicted can often reverberate throughout a victim's lifetime.
Both the federal and all state governments have passed laws requiring reporting in some form. And many of these rules are broader than you may think.