Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes

Records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that as of February 2015, there are 15,700 nursing home facilities in the US. Nursing homes, also known as skilled nursing facilities, are places for people who can no longer be given the necessary care at home, but who don’t really need to be in a hospital. These people may be: elders, usually 65 years old; individuals who, because of their illness (such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s), require extra care and assistance; and, those needing rehabilitation therapies. According CDC record also, the present number of residents in nursing homes total to 1.4 million.

Due to the frequency of nursing home abuses (as reported over the news), many families are rather opting for assisted living, visiting home health services or caregiving (which will allow older adults to stay at home), especially if the need is custodial care rather than skilled medical attention.

According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, the most common forms of abuse nursing home residents are made to suffer include physical abuse, financial abuse, emotional abuse and, the most degrading and wicked of all, sexual abuse. This last type of abusive conduct is committed in various ways, including showing of pornographic materials, forced nudity, fondling, forcing another resident to kiss or touch the victim and, worst of all, forced penetrative acts.

Despite the gravity of the offense, sexual abuse turns out to be the least reported type of abuse due to the humiliation that the victim feels. And, rather than reveal the abuses that he/she is being made to suffer, the victim rather becomes withdrawn, silent, sensitive to touch, evasive of eye contact and low-esteemed. Often sexually abused victims also sustain laceration or other wounds which he/she would refuse to explain the cause of.

According to the website of the Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser, these wounds can be a basis for a personal injury lawsuit. Any type of abuse in nursing homes, especially sexual abuse, should be addressed directly and immediately to save the victim from further harm, or any other resident from becoming the next target of abuse.

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