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Penobscot Nation established their own Elder/Adult Protection Law and it was enacted by general meeting, this law keeps Penobscot Citizens safe from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Abuse means the infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation or cruel punishment that causes or is likely to cause physical harm or pain or mental anguish; sexual abuse or sexual exploitation; or the intentional, knowing or reckless deprivation of essential needs. Abuse includes acts and omissions.

Neglect is denied as a threat to an adult’s health or welfare by physical or mental injury or impairment, deprivation of essential needs or lack of protection from these.

Exploitation is the illegal or improper use of an incapacitated or dependent adult or that adult’s resources for another’s profit or adventages.