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Tennessee Ann. Code §§ 37-1-403; 37-1-605 set forth a list of professionals who are required to report suspected child abuse and neglect (including sexual abuse) to authorities. These professionals include medical and mental health care professionals, school employees, social workers, practitioners who rely solely on spiritual means for healing, judges and law enforcement officers, neighbors, relatives, and friends.
In addition, any person who has knowledge that a child has been harmed by abuse or neglect must make a report to authorities.
Reports must be made immediately. Failure to report may result in a misdemeanor or other penalties.
Tennessee Ann. Code § 37-1-602 provides that ‘child sexual abuse’ means the commission of any act involving the unlawful sexual abuse, molestation, fondling, or carnal knowledge of a child under age 13 that, on or after November 1, 1989, constituted the criminal offense of:
The term ‘child sexual abuse’ also means one or more of the following acts:
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