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Asked on: 4/22/07, 1:43 pm

Withholding information in a case

The Hippa Law covers confidentiality between the client and professional and the information being shared. However, moral issues prompt the following question: When a teenage client, states that she is falsely accusing someone of raping her and the accused is arrested, what are my legal and moral obligations? What if the supervisors are not supportive of my sharing this information with the appropriate law enforcement agency? What protects my job if I choose to do this regardless of my supervisors directives? I feel a moral obligation to disclose this information and protecting someone from being wrongfully being prosecuted and possibly convicted! Could you tell me what laws I am abiding by and what laws will protect me.

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