If you have grounds to suspect that a child is being abused, whatever your capacity (e.g. parent, teacher) and whatever your relationship to the child may be (e.g. neighbour, family friend, or even a stranger/witness), you must be vocal about your disapproval and report the abuse. Please remember: this way you become the child’s voice and declare that there will be ‘Zero Tolerance for Child Abuse.’.
To report abuse is to make known specific information to the authorities (the prosecutor’s office or the police), or to child protection services authorized to receive such reports, based on well-founded concerns about a child’s physical or emotional health as a result of suspected abuse or neglect.
A report does not constitute a formal accusation –to report is not to press charges or sue someone– but a preventative action which aims to establish the validity of certain facts so they can be further assessed.