Physical or sexual contact with an older adult when non-consented or unwanted is considered elderly sexual abuse. This also includes making inappropriate or unwanted contact with an elderly person who is confused and unable to give their full consent. Abusers usually take advantage of nursing home residents who seem to be easy targets and are vulnerable. Elderly sexual abuse is often seen in nursing homes by nurses and caregivers. Types of sexual abuse seen the most include:
- Unwanted touching
- Sexual photography
- Forced nudity
- Sexual assault and battery
Since elderly abuse can happen in nursing home facilities, families and caregivers must be aware of the signs of this type of abuse. Not always will there be physical signs of abuse, as a lot of times, there are psychological signs that can be overlooked by someone unaware of what to keep an eye out for. Some of these signs include:
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- Torn, stained, or blood-covered clothing
- Depression or withdrawal
- Unexplained STDs and infections
- Agitation and abrupt changes in moos
- Bruises in genital areas, breasts, and thighs
- Anxiety or excessive fear around caregivers
Who Is Most at Risk?
When accessing the demographic of older people who are most at risk of being sexually abused in nursing homes, residents who are less likely to inflict any consequences or repercussions are the most affected. This includes residents that are much older and may suffer from conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer's or women since they are commonly seen as weaker than men. Dementia and Alzheimers's patients are at high risk because of their level of confusion and inability to remember a lot of things that happen.
What Should I Do If I Suspect Sexual Abuse?
If you suspect your loved one is being abused in their nursing home facility, it's essential to report it and then contact a lawyer. If you aren't sure, who to report the abuse to, speaking with a lawyer first will be more beneficial as they can provide you with helpful information resources. Skilled attorneys will also be a great asset to our case and ensure that you are aware of all legal options and a complete understanding of your case. Here at Grossman Green PLLC, we have a team of lawyers dedicated to your success and getting your loved ones the help they need.
Contact us today at (502) 215-3344 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team.