Sexual abuse among the elderly is often misunderstood and underreported. Many elderly sexual abuse victims have a great deal of medical conditions, including communication problems and cognitive problems. As a result, sexual abuse often goes unreported.
Many cases of sexual abuse occur while the victim is in the care of others, including a nursing home, assisted living facility, health care providers, live in nurses, or others. A lot of cases involved staff members at nursing homes. Victims are often too weak or unable to resist, and when it occurs they are unable to tell others.
A study found that the largest percentage of sexual abuses cases against the elderly occurred in skilled nursing facilities. Staff members often find opportunities for abuse when bathing or dressing the elderly. There are some signs when a sexual abuse of an elderly person occurs, even if the person has difficulty communicating. There may be signs of pain in the genital area or injuries to the area. The individual may have an STD. The victim’s personality may change, such as through withdrawal, panic attacks, agitation, unusual or aggressive behavior, or even attempted suicide.
In many cases of sexual abuse, the facility may be at fault for failing to properly screen employees or failing to adequately train or supervise its employees. If you suspect a loved one has been sexually abused, you should immediately report the incident to both management as well as the police. You should also speak to an attorney.