By jumping to the report without involving Audrey, you may betray some of the trust she has placed in you.
This gives Audrey some control over the situation while still meeting mandated reporting requirements.
If Audrey still refuses to tell her mother, you can then inform her that you are obligated to tell the authorities as she has marks and injuries which are clearly the result of an assault.
Corporal punishment is communicating to children that violence is an acceptable means of changing behavior." It's estimated that about 80 percent of children worldwide are subjected to physical punishment, the study authors said. "Although mounting evidence shows the many detrimental effects of corporal punishment, many parents, much of the general public, and even some schools continue thinking this is an acceptable means to punish misbehavior," he said.
In addition, prior research has found associations between corporal punishment and problems such as childhood aggression and mental health disorders.
Specifically, people who got spanked as kids had a 29 percent higher risk for perpetrating dating violence, the findings showed.