I was researching duty to report a crime, and saw that Ohio was one of the few places that had a general duty to report. So I read the state statute at http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2921.22

Nowhere did I see an exception for the victim of a crime. So, if you are the victim of a crime that is a felony in Ohio, and you choose not to report it, can you be charged under this law?

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There's nothing in the law or the drafter's notes indicating that victims are exempt from the law's requirements. But I've also searched through about a hundred 2921.22 cases and haven't found a single one where a victim was prosecuted for failing to report.

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