If I tell my story of what happened as child abuse I suffered, does the lawyer have to report it?

I’m often asked the question “If I tell my story of what happened as child abuse I suffered, does the lawyer have to report it?” And the answer is No.

Lawyers are not mandated reporters. In fact there are very strict laws in all states that require lawyers to maintain confidential information that is communicated to them by a client or a potential client. Without the permission of that client, the lawyer cannot make any revelation of any of those communications. There’s a strict confidentiality requirement. So telling a lawyer your story does not mean that the lawyer will then go and report that story. That lawyer cannot do that.