Reporting abuse, mistreatment, or neglect of a Vulnerable Adult Tennessee law (TCA 39-15-509) requires any person who has a reasonable suspicion that a Vulnerable Adult is suffering or has suffered abuse, sexual exploitation, neglect, or financial exploitation shall report said knowledge or suspicion to Adult Protective Services:
Abuse of a professional relationship relates to inappropriate behaviors in a diocesan entity, that involve Church Personnel 18 years and older, such as, but not limited to:
If you see, experience, or suspect sexual or non-sexual abuse of a professional relationship by clergy:
All known or suspected instances of abuse of a professional relationship by clergy should be reported to the Bishops office at 615-783-0761.
All known or suspected instances of abuse of a professional relationship by a layperson should be reported to your pastor, principal, executive director, or human resources office depending on the site of the abuse.