Elderly Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes
Protecting Elderly Victims of Sexual Abuse
Unfortunately, sexual abuse in nursing homes is not an uncommon occurrence. Sexual assault by caregivers is especially prevalent in residents who are not able to protect themselves—such as patients who suffer from a condition involving memory loss, confusion, or difficulties communicating. In fact, statistics released by the National Center on Elder Abuse showed that 53% of 200 adult women with disabilities had experienced sexual abuse of some kind.
At Pintas & Mullins, we believe in standing up for the victims of elder sexual abuse and helping demand justice on their behalf. If your loved one has suffered from abuse of this kind, let our nursing home abuse lawyers fight for you.
Defining Elder Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse can be defined as any form of touching without consent; this can include everything from rape to verbal harassment to non-consensual videotaping to even touching. Such elder sexual and physical abuse may have occurred because the victim was forced, tricked, manipulated, or coerced. In some cases, the abuse may have been in a situation where the elderly individual was not in a position to communicate their consent to the perpetrator.
What Are Common Signs of Elder Sexual Abuse?
The following are all potential signs that a victim is suffering from elder sexual abuse:
- A new sexually transmitted infection (STI)
- Problems with either sitting or walking
- Injuries to the pelvic area
- Bruising on thighs or genital areas
- Pain, bleeding, or irritation around genital areas
- Bloody, torn or stained undergarments
- Agitation or withdrawal from social activity
- Panic attacks, anxiety or symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
In nursing homes, sexual abuse and harassment may be attributed to the failure to perform background checks on employees, inadequate training procedures, understaffing problems, failure to protect residents from this criminal behavior, failure to report incidents of sexual abuse, or failure to investigate suspicions / allegations.
To schedule a free consultation with Pintas & Mullins, give our nursing home abuse lawyers a call at (800) 842-6336 today.