Adult Sexual Abuse

Adult Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse of the elderly does not differ from sexual abuse toward any other human being, as the elderly have the same rights as everybody else. Sexual abuse toward the elderly, particularly nursing home residents, has therefore been defined as any non-consensual sexual contact of any kind with an elderly person. If a person is not capable of giving consent and a staff member (or an other resident) still makes any sexual advances toward that elderly person, he/she engages in sexual abuse, which is illegal by law.

Adult sexual abuse includes:

  • Unwanted touching
  • All types of sexual assault/battery
  • Rape
  • Sodomy
  • Coerced nudity
  • Sexually explicit photographing

Signs of adult sexual abuse in nursing homes:

  • Bruises on/around breasts or genital area
  • Venereal disease/genital infection
  • An elderly persons word that he/she has been sexually assaulted
  • Unexplained vaginal/anal bleeding
  • Stained, bloody, torn underclothing

Most likely victims for adult sexual abuse in nursing homes:

  • Physically helpless
  • Mentally incapacitated
  • Disabled
  • Elderly who are not married to their caregiver, which takes advantage of the situation<

If you suspect, or if you have witnessed, abuse in a nursing home, you should seek medical attention immediately if the circumstances require it. Your next step should then be to contact the local police and other agencies in order to investigate the complaint. As criminal abuse of the elderly is not acceptable, you should also seek an attorney.

Attorneys specialized in nursing home abuse and neglect have experience in these type of cases and they know the legal rights of the nursing home resident. Not only can those rights be rectified and enforced, but at the same time, legal action can be taken against the nursing home and/or the abusive staff member. While monetary damages for the abused can be claimed, a lawsuit with adequate consequences may also set an example for other care institutions, which may then save many others from nursing home abuse and neglect.

Have you or someone you know fallen victim to adult sexual abuse? If so, contact one of our experienced nursing home attorneys in your area today!