When you choose a nursing home for your parents, aunt, uncle, or other elderly loved one, you should feel confident and comforted by the care your loved one receives. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. According to the Nursing Home Abuse Center, about 83% of elderly sexual abuse survivors live in nursing homes and other care centers, and in about 80% of the reported incidents, the abuser was the elderly person’s caretaker.
All too often, elderly individuals suffer unconscionable abuse at the hands of doctors, caretakers, residents, and other nursing home staff. The brand of abuse can vary, one of the most prominent being sexual abuse.
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Sexual abuse can come in many forms, and may include anything from inappropriate photography to rape. If you suspect your loved one was sexually abused in his or her nursing home, know that there is hope for justice and recovery. Our team of experienced nursing home abuse attorneys has ample experience with all forms of elder abuse, and we know how to build a solid case against abusers and other liable parties.
Garcia & Artigliere has more than 100 years of combined legal experience at our backs, and we have been working tirelessly to help injured elderly individuals since 1993. However complex or challenging your case may seem, we’re prepared to use our legal skills to fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.
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What Constitutes Sexual Abuse in a Nursing Home?
Sexual abuse can take many forms, regardless of where it occurs. However, when the victim is an elderly nursing home resident, the type of abuse can trend in a different direction. Residents who suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of memory loss are in an especially vulnerable position, as abusers may take advantage of their illness to prey on them without repercussions. That being said, common forms of sexual abuse include:
- Unwanted intimate touching, especially to the genital area
- Forced nudity
- Forced observation of pornography
- Forcing the victim to touch the abuser
- Taking inappropriate photographs or videos of an elderly resident in a compromising position (going to the restroom, bathing, dressing, etc.)
Identifying Nursing Home Sexual Abuse
If you believe your elderly loved one is suffering from sexual abuse in his or her nursing home, make sure you know what to look for. You should, of course, ask your loved one about it, but in many cases, for many different reasons, victims of sexual abuse don’t want to talk about what’s been done to them.
Also, some elderly individuals may suffer from dementia and other illnesses that affect their memory, which can make it difficult to learn the facts. To cover your bases, it’s best to look for the signs yourself, in addition to communicating with your loved one.
Common signs of nursing home sexual abuse include:
- Unexplained STDs or infections
- Difficulty sitting, walking or standing
- Bruises on the hips, buttocks, thighs, or breast area
- Uncharacteristic mood swings
- Withdrawal from social events and other forms of communication
- Dislike of physical contact
- Signs of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
- Attempted suicide
If you suspect your loved one may be suffering from sexual abuse in a nursing home, contact the authorities immediately. Once you’ve safely removed your loved one from the facility, seek medical attention, and contact our team to establish a plan of action.
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We understand how difficult and traumatizing this ordeal can be for your family, which is why we want to do everything we can to make this process as easy and efficient as possible. We are passionate about fighting for the rights of the wrongfully injured, and we firmly believe that abusers should be held responsible for the damage they cause. Our founding attorney, Stephen M. Garcia has served as lead counsel for more than 2,500 elder abuse cases, and our team knows precisely how to advocate on behalf of your loved one and your family. If you’re ready to get started, we’re here for you.
Contact Garcia & Artigliere today to get started on your nursing home sexual abuse case.