Nursing home abuse and neglect are some of the unfortunate realities residents of these homes may have to face. There are many different forms of abuse that nursing home residents may be subjected to. One of the most serious forms of abuse is sexual battery.
Sexual Abuse of the Elderly
Elder sexual abuse occurs when a perpetrator engages in any form of sexual contact with the elderly person without their consent. Many victims of sexual battery are not capable of giving consent due to various health conditions, like Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. When the perpetrator is an employee of the nursing home, other issues concerning consent tend to arise; since the employee generally holds a position of power over the elderly individual. Even if the elderly person does not have dementia, they may not truly consent to sexual activity, since it may be something they feel forced into due to the nursing home employee’s position of power over them.
Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse
There are some warning signs of sexual abuse that concerned friends and family members may want to watch for. The clearest sign is your elderly loved one reporting an incident of sexual battery to the facility or telling you or someone else about it. If your loved one has unexplained bruising or bleeding, particularly to the genital area, this is a concerning sign, as is torn or bloody clothing. Another indicator of sexual battery is the elderly resident suddenly needing treatment for a sexually transmitted disease. It is important to make yourself aware of warning signs of sexual abuse if you have concerns about a loved one living in a nursing home. Many instances of sexual battery go unreported, for a number of reasons.
If you believe your loved one has experienced sexual battery or any other form of abuse while living in a nursing home, contact the attorneys at The Peck Law Group today. We can help your loved one fight back against abuse and potentially receive compensation for his or her injuries.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.