Sexual Abuse in a Nursing Home
Greenville Elder Abuse Attorney
Sexual abuse in a nursing home setting is much like the same abuse committed
elsewhere. However, nursing home residents are elderly, and often sickly
in mind or body, and have less power to ward off unwanted advances. Unfortunately,
statistics reveal that 70% of reported elder sexual abuse occurs in nursing
homes, and even still, only 30% of victims report abuse to authorities.
If you know, or suspect, your loved one has suffered sexual abuse while
in a nursing facility, our Greenville, SC
nursing home abuse lawyer can help. At Jordan Law Center, we are confident in our ability
to fight for the rights of the injured. Don’t wait another minute
to take legal action on behalf of your loved one, and begin your case, today.
Defining Sexual Abuse in a Nursing Home
Sexual abuse is any form of non-consensual contact, be it physical or otherwise.
Any unwanted sexual advancement counts as abuse, including in situations
where the elder is too confused or otherwise unable to give consent.
Types of elder sexual abuse include:
- Unwanted and inappropriate touching
- Sexual photography
- Sexual coercion
- Forced nudity
- Sexual harassment
Symptoms of Elder Sexual Abuse
For various reasons, many cases of sexual abuse go unreported. In many
cases, elders are ashamed of what happened, don’t want to inconvenience
their families, or perhaps they fear nobody will believe them. Regardless
of the reason, it is very possible an elder who has sustained sexual abuse
in a nursing home may try to hide it, but there are signs you can keep
an eye out for.
Signs indicating elder sexual abuse may include the following:
- Infections, or STDs
- Difficulty sitting or walking
- Unexplained bruises, especially on the thighs, genitals, or breasts
- Vaginal or anal bleeding
- Pelvic injuries
- Torn or blood-stained clothing
- Depression or mood change
- Agitation or unreasonable anger
- Anxiety or panic attacks
The abuser could be a number of people, but in 81% of reported abuse cases,
the abuser was the primary caretaker. Sexual abuse could also be committed
by another nursing home resident, someone working in the nursing home,
nurses, or visitors.
Protect Your Loved One and Contact Jordan Law Center
When your family member was entrusted to the care of a nursing home you
believed you could trust, any harm incurred while under their care is
understandably frustrating and difficult to bear. The best thing you can
do after discovering your loved one has suffered sexual abuse is to contact
authorities, remove your family member from the unsafe environment, and
call Jordan Law Center.
Contact Jordan Law Center
to begin working on your nursing home abuse case.