The Department of Children and Families

Reporting suspected cases of child abuse or neglect is everyone's responsibility, whether a mandated professional or a private citizen.  If you suspect a child is being neglected or abused contact the Department of Children and Families Area Office serving the child's residence. Offices are staffed between 9 am and 5 pm weekdays. To make a report at any other time, including after 5 p.m. and on weekends and holidays, please call the Child-At-Risk Hotline at 1-800-792-5200.

 

WEST

Pittsfield: 413-236-1800
Greenfield: 413-775-5000
Holyoke: 413-493-2600
Robert Van Wart Center, East Springfield: 413-205-0500
Springfield: 413-452-3200

 

CENTRAL

Leominster: 978-466-1500
Whitinsville: 508-234-1000
Worcester: 508-929-2000

 

NORTHEAST

Lowell: 978-275-6800
Lawrence: 978-557-2500
Haverhill: 978-469-8800
Cape Ann, Salem: 978-825-3800
Lynn: 781-477-1600

 

METRO

Malden: 781-388-7100
Framingham: 508-424-0100
Cambridge/Somerville: 617-520-8700
Arlington: 781-641-8500
South Weymouth: 781-682-0800

 

SOUTHEAST

Attleboro: 508-431-9500
Brockton: 508-894-3700
Fall River: 508-235-9800
New Bedford: 508-910-1000
Cape & Islands: 508-760-0200
Plymouth: 508-732-6200

 

BOSTON

Hyde Park: 617-360-2500
Dimock Street, Roxbury: 617-989-2800
Park Street: 617-822-4700
Chelsea: 617-660-3400

Members of the 112th Congress

Senate:

Scott P. Brown (R)
317 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4543
or:
2400 JFK FEDERAL BUILDING
15 NEW SUDBURY STREET BOSTON, MA 02203
Phone: (617) 565-3170
Email Scott Brown

John F. Kerry (D)
218 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
phone: (202) 224-2742
or:
ONE BOWDOIN SQUARE TENTH FLOOR BOSTON, MA 02114
(617) 565-8519
Email John Kerry

House of Representatives

Use the "Write Your Representative Service"

John W. Olver (D - 01)
http://olver.house.gov/

Richard E. Neal (D - 02)
http://www.house.gov/neal/

Jim McGovern (D - 03)
http://mcgovern.house.gov/index.html

Barney Frank (D - 04)
http://www.house.gov/frank/

Niki Tsongas (D - 05)
http://tsongas.house.gov/index.html

John Tierney (D - 06)
http://tierney.house.gov/

Ed Markey (D - 07)
http://markey.house.gov/

Michael E. Capuano (D - 08)
http://www.house.gov/capuano/

Stephen F. Lynch (D - 09)
http://lynch.house.gov/

William R. Keating (D - 10)
http://keating.house.gov/

The Protection From Sexual Predators Act of 2011

Download your copy here.

SECTION 1.   This Act may be cited as The Protection from Sexual Predators Act of 2011.

SECTION 2.   Section 51A of Chapter 119 of the General Laws, as most recently amended by Section 97 of Chapter 176 of the Acts of 2008, shall be amended by adding at the end of subsection (k) the following paragraph:

All corporations and other institutions, which employ mandated reporters not professionally licensed by the commonwealth, shall institute a program to implement the reporting requirements of this section.  Such program shall include, at a minimum, (i) the promulgation of a written protocol to be followed when a 51A report is required; (ii) an education program for each mandated reporter; and (iii) the posting, in a prominent public location, of the requirements of this section and the penalties for non-compliance.

SECTION 3.   Section 51A of Chapter 119 of the General Laws, as most recently amended by Section 96 of Chapter 176 of the Acts of 2008, shall be amended by inserting, in the last sentence of subsection (c), the words “a sexual assault or” before the words “ serious bodily injury.”

SECTION 4.   Section 51A of Chapter 119 of the General Laws, as most recently amended by Section 96 of Chapter 176 of the Acts of 2008, shall be amended by adding at the end of subsection (c) the following sentence:

Any corporation or other institution which employs a mandated reporter who fails to make a report required by this section, shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred thousand dollars.  It shall be a defense to any prosecution under this section that the corporation or other institution had complied with the requirements of subsection (k).

SECTION 5.   Section 51A of Chapter 119 of the General Laws, as most recently amended by Section 95 of Chapter 176 of the Acts of 2008, shall be amended by adding at the end of subsection (a) the following paragraph:

A mandated reporter who has reasonable cause to believe that a person who is alleged to have sexually abused a child in the past, presently represents a credible threat to a child under the age of eighteen years in a child or youth serving organization, shall have the same obligation to make oral and written reports of such threat to the appropriate law enforcement agency or official and the department.

SECTION 6.    Chapter 258C of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 2 (b), as so appearing, and inserting in place thereof the following section: -

(b)  No compensation shall be paid under this chapter unless the claimant demonstrates that the crime was reported to the police or other law enforcement authorities or to an agency or entity obligated by law to report complaints of criminal misconduct to law enforcement authorities. Except in the case where the division finds such report to have been delayed for good cause, such report shall have been made within five days after the occurrence of such crime.  In the case of a claimant who was sexually abused as a minor, such good cause shall include the report of any duly licensed mental health professional stating an opinion that the claimant did not make the connection between the sexual abuse and the harm suffered as a result by the claimant at the time the abuse occurred, and that claimant's failure to make the connection was consistent with the typical responses by such victims of childhood sexual abuse.

SECTION 7.    Chapter 258C of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 5 (a) (1), as so appearing, and inserting in place thereof the following section: -

(a) (1) A claim for compensation under this chapter shall be filed within three years of the date of the crime.  In the case of a claimant who was sexually abused as a minor, said three years shall commence to run when the claimant first makes the connection between the sexual abuse and the harm suffered as a result by the claimant.  The report of any duly licensed mental health professional stating an opinion as to the date when the claimant first made the connection between the sexual abuse and the harm suffered by the claimant, and that the claimant's failure to make the connection prior to that date was consistent with the typical responses by such victims of childhood sexual abuse, shall be prima facie evidence in all proceedings under this chapter.

SECTION 8.   Chapter 277 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding at the end of section 63, as so appearing, the following paragraph: -

Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, an indictment or complaint alleging an offense of indecent assault and battery, or an offense of rape, may be found and filed at any time after the commission of such offense, provided that the victim was under the age of 18 when the offense was committed.

SECTION 9.   Section 4C of Chapter 260 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2004 Official Edition, shall be amended by striking out the first paragraph thereof as so appearing, and inserting in place thereof the following:

Any actions for assault and battery alleging the defendant sexually abused a minor, or for negligence alleging that the defendant negligently supervised a third person who sexually abused a minor, or that the defendant's conduct caused or contributed to the sexual abuse of a minor by a third person, may be commenced at any time.

SECTION 10.  Section 85K of Chapter 231 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2004 Official Edition, shall be amended by adding at the end thereof the following:

Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the limitations on liability set forth in this section shall not apply if the claim is for intentional or negligent conduct which caused or contributed to the sexual abuse of a minor.   For purposes of this section, "sexual abuse" shall be defined as set forth in section 4C of chapter 260.

SECTION 11.   Section 85W of Chapter 231 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2004 Official Edition, shall be amended by adding at the end thereof the following:

Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the limitations on liability set forth in this section shall not apply if the claim is for intentional or negligent conduct which caused or contributed to the sexual abuse of a minor.   For purposes of this section, "sexual abuse" shall be defined as set forth in section 4C of chapter 260.

SECTION 12.   The provisions of Sections 9, 10 & 11 shall apply to all claims under Section 4C of Chapter 260 which have accrued, and to all actions which are pending, on the date upon which it becomes effective.

SECTION 13.    The provisions of Sections 9, 10 & 11 shall be deemed to be retroactive to the fullest extent permitted under the Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Rights of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

SECTION 14.   The provisions of this bill shall become effective upon passage.

SECTION 15.   Each section of this Act shall be separable and shall continue in effect if any provision hereof is deemed to be unconstitutional or otherwise ineffective.

 

carol kamen

Carol Kamin
Children's Policy Consultant

Carol Kamin is a Policy Analyst consulting for MCC supporting its child poverty reduction efforts on the state and federal levels. She is past President and CEO of Children's Action Alliance, a private, non-profit, research and policy development organization that advocates on behalf of Arizona's Children. She has recently served as a Site Leader for Generations Incorporated in Somerville, Massachusetts and is a consultant on child and family policy and non-profit management.

She began her career in state government working for the Arizona Department of Economic Security in a variety of positions including State Administrator for the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families. In 1986, Dr. Kamin was appointed by Governor Bruce Babbitt to be the first Director of the Governor's Office for Children. She subsequently worked as Assistant to Mayor Terry Goddard helping him design his human services and education agendas for the City of Phoenix. She was named by both the Arizona Republic and the Phoenix Business Journal as one of the most influential leaders in the state for bringing vital children’s issues to the forefront of the state's agenda.

She is the recipient of many honors for her work, including the 2007 Woman of the Year award for public policy from the YWCA of Maricopa County; Arizona State University College of Education Hall of Fame, 2007; the 2004 Citizen of the Year Award from the National Association of Social Workers, Arizona Chapter; the 2003 Andy Nichols Honor Award for her contribution to Arizona Public Health; the 1999 Florette Angel Memorial Child Advocacy Award from the National Association of Child Advocates; the 1999 Susan B. Anthony Luminary Award from the Arizona Women’s Council; the 1996 Woman of Achievement Award from the Arizona Historical Society; the 1995 Public Interest Award from the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest; the 1993 B'nai B'rith Humanitarian Award; the Human Relations Award from the Arizona Education Association; the "Magic Bullet" Award from Honeywell Inc. for "Providing a Strong and Effective Voice for Arizona's Children"; and the Governor's Citation of Merit for Outstanding Service to the State of Arizona.

Dr. Kamin received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Boston University and her Ph.D. in Child Development from Arizona State University.

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marybethmeserveyMarybeth Meservey RNC, MS, WHNP
Nurse Educator, Massachusetts SBS Prevention Center

Marybeth Meservey, RNC, MS, WHNP is a Nurse Educator for the Massachusetts Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Center. In 2005 as the Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist at UMass Memorial Medical Center, she oversaw the implementation of the hospital's SBS prevention education program for parents.

Marybeth has 25 years of experience in Maternal-Child Health spanning tertiary pediatric and obstetrical care to public health including direct care, leadership and nursing education. She is certified as a Woman's Health Nurse Practitioner by the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). She has also participated in the opening of the Children's AIDS Program at the Boston Department of Health and Hospitals as well as the Boston Public Health Commission's Healthy Baby/Healthy Child Program. She received a Master of Science in Community Health Nursing from Boston University School of Nursing and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study as a Women's Health Nursing Practitioner from Simmons College.

Marybeth currently works as a Clinical Nurse IV in Labor and Delivery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and at Dimock Community Health Center as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. She also serves as adjunct faculty at Simmons College.