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Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes

Abuse and neglect are some of the most common problems in nursing homes. Abuse happens when the patient receives unreasonable force, while neglect happens when the patient does not receive his or her appropriate medical needs.

Sexual Abuse

Abuse can manifest in many forms, such as physical abuse, wherein the patient receives incidental force that can cause physical harm. But one of the most controversial forms is sexual abuse. Yes, even the elderly population is vulnerable to sexual abuse, and when you think about it, it is quite tragic.
Sexual abuse occurs when a patient experiences non-consensual and unwanted sexual contact, may it be from another patient or a nursing home staff. Whoever the suspect is, it is the nursing home staff’s responsibility to ensure that their patients are in safe environments, so they can also be blamed even if it is not directly their fault.

Signs

You put your loved one in a nursing home because of many reasons. One of those reasons is that your loved one is already physically limited. This may also mean that he or she may not be able to tell you that he or she is experiencing sexual abuse. So, you are the one who should look at the signs to determine what is really happening in the nursing home while you are not around. Below are some of the most common signs of sexual abuse in the nursing home:

  • Sudden change of behavior, especially in the presence of a particular person
  • Sudden emergence of sexually transmitted diseases
  • Signs of abuse in the body, such as bruises in the wrists
  • Signs of abuse in clothing, such as bloodstains
  • Unexplained changes in attitude, including irritability and social withdrawal
  • Unexplained injuries, especially those that involve the genital, anal, and pelvic areas

What You Can Do

Of course, the emergence of these signs does not necessarily mean that sexual abuse is taking place, but once you see them, it is a good idea to take precautions.
Also, according to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, those who have suffered from nursing home abuse, including sexual abuse, may have legal options, such as pursuing compensation for the pain and suffering.
It is good to know that the court favors the victims on these cases. After all, nobody deserves to be treated badly, especially the elderly people who cannot defend themselves.

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