A Utah bill would require clergy to report child abuse confessed to them

Salt Lake City Tribune

January 7, 2020

By Kathy Stephenson
Utah clergy would be required to report all allegations of child abuse — even those gathered in a religious confessional — under a bill proposed for the 2020 legislative session.

HB90, sponsored by Rep. Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake City, would, if passed, remove the exemption that clergy now have in certain circumstances for reporting abuse.

Romero said many survivors of sexual abuse — as well as relatives of those who have been victimized — have contacted her to say they support such a change to state law.

“Their perpetrators went to confession, confided in a religious leader, and nothing ever happened,” she said. “The purpose is to get rid of the exemption and hold religious leaders to the same standard as teachers and doctors.”

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