nursing home physical sexual assault abuse


Residents in nursing homes are especially vulnerable to physical and sexual abuse. Tragically, reports of deliberate physical abuse, such as hitting, slapping, biting and attacks by other residents and even staff members are all too common. Unbelievably, nursing home residents are also victims of sexual assault in nursing homes.

The physical abuse of a nursing home resident can take on many forms, including beatings, biting, food or water deprivation, the inappropriate use of restraints, as well as over-medicating patients to keep them quiet, docile and easier to control. In some instances, physical abuse may manifest itself obviously in bruises, broken bones or cuts. Other times, the physical abuse may not be as obvious.

Where Does Elder Sexual Abuse Happen?

According to the National Elder Abuse Incidence Study of 1998, approximately 67% of elder sexual abusers were family members. Another study, published in the Journal of Abuse in 2000, estimated 12.2% of elder sexual abuse victims were assaulted within their own home. Approximately 14.6% of elder sexual abuse victims were assaulted in the sexual offender’s home. The largest percentage of elder sexual abuse, around 70.7% of cases, occurred within nursing homes.

Signs of Elder Sexual Abuse

Indicators of elder sexual abuse can be both physical and behavioral, including:

New emergence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

New difficulty sitting or walking

Pelvic injury

Bruises on inner thighs or around the genital area

Anal or genital pain, bleeding, or irritation

Bloody, torn, or stained undergarments

Extreme agitation

Withdrawal from social interactions

Panic attacks, or emerging post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms

Inappropriate, aggressive, or unusual sexual behavior

Inappropriate or unusual behavior, appearing as a sex-role relationship, between the victim and the elder sexual abuse suspect

Suicide attempts

How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help

If you suspect your loved one is a victim of physical abuse do not hesitate to call the police, call the state agency responsible for monitoring nursing homes and, if necessary, remove the resident from the facility.

Then call The Carlson Law Firm and take action against abusive staff and negligent nursing homes, send a strong message that these actions will not be tolerated.

If you believe that a loved one may be the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse you should take action quickly and contact us online or call us at 866-817-3187 to set up a free consultation. Someone from our team is available to speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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