Marcy works as a social worker at a rural high school. She was watching a girls’ basketball practice in the gym when one of the team members asked to speak with her in private. In her office Lisa, a senior, age 18, became visibly upset and described being drugged and sexually assaulted at a party given by several of the most popular senior boys. She didn’t know what to do and was asking for help. Marcy should first:
A. Review possible alternatives with Lisa, helping clarify her wishes and concerns. B. Tell Lisa that she, Marcy is obligated to inform the school principal because this involved students at the high school. C. Encourage Lisa to involve her family. D. Ask Lisa’s permission to contact the local police on her behalf.
The correct answer is "A". Lisa, age 18 must be treated as an adult. She retains her right to privacy and can choose who, if anyone, she will allow to be informed of these events.