Sex Offender Registry
Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect
Colorado Rev. Stat. § 19-3-304 sets forth a long list of professionals required to report suspected child abuse or neglect (including sexual abuse) to authorities. The list includes medical and mental health care professionals, therapists, public or private school officials and employees, social workers, commercial film and photo professors, clergy members or recognized leaders of religious organizations, and juvenile parole and probation officers.
Reports must be made immediately. Failure to report is a misdemeanor.
Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
Colorado Rev. Stat. § 19-1-103 provides that:
‘Abuse’ or ‘child abuse or neglect’ occurs when a child is subjected to sexual assault or molestation, sexual exploitation, or prostitution.
‘Sexual conduct’ includes any of the following:
- Sexual intercourse, including genital-genital, oral-genital, anal-genital, or oral-anal, whether between persons of the same or opposite sex or between humans and animals
- Penetration of the vagina or rectum by any object
- Sexual sadomasochistic abuse
Colorado Civil Statute of Limitations in Child Sexual Abuse Cases
Colorado Rev. Stat. § 13-80-103.7 provides that plaintiffs must file claims within six years of reaching the age of majority or within six years of the removal of a disability as defined by the statute.