Sexual Assault in Nursing Homes
Nursing home sexual assault is a heinous crime
Sexual assault of the elderly may be the most under-reported of all sex crimes. Victims and families in many cases find the subject too upsetting to talk about, even with authorities. We recognize that sexual assault is one of the most heinous forms of nursing home abuse. But if you suspect a sexual assault, we urge you to be brave and contact us. Our attorneys are prepared to handle your case with compassion while still vigorously pursuing justice.
The statistics regarding this most reprehensible form of nursing home abuse may help you understand how widespread the problem has become. You are not alone in suffering this grave injustice.
- An article in the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect reported that almost three-quarters of all female rape victims over age 60 were assaulted in a nursing home.
- A study published in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing found more than half of nursing home residents who were sexually assaulted died within a year of the assault.
Who commits sexual abuse in a nursing home?
A staff member of the nursing home may be the abuser, but anyone essentially can commit such acts. The abuser might be a visitor to the home or another resident with a psychiatric disorder or a criminal history. If another resident has a criminal past or a psychological disorder, the nursing home has the responsibility to monitor that person and ensure that the individual does not harm anyone else.
If a visitor commits the act, the nursing home also may be held liable. That’s because the nursing home must provide adequate security and supervision. Staff must ensure that strangers cannot gain access to the home without either signing in or passing through an adequate security system. A staff member who fails lock a door may create the opportunity for someone with criminal intent to gain access and abuse a resident.
We serve the families of nursing home sexual abuse victims with sensitivity and determination.
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