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Sexual Abuse Exposed in Americas Nursing Homes

Garcia & Artigliere

As seniors reach their later stages in life, they begin to rely on walkers, wheelchairs, and guided nursing assistance when loved ones are unable to care for them and/or they are unable to care for themselves. As they age, they can become robbed of their memories, bedridden, and even voiceless. In this moment, they turn to nursing homes to be cared for. Instead, “care” can be far from what they receive.

Vulnerable seniors are being sexually assaulted by the very people who are paid to aid and assist them. The victims of abuse are endless and unfortunately can go unknown. With this knowledge, CNN investigated state and federal data as well as interviewed regulators and families of victims. What they found in their research is that this issue is unimaginably widespread, alarming, and in most cases, nursing homes and government officials are doing nothing to prevent abuse from continuously reoccurring in nursing homes.

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