Signs of Nursing Home Sexual Abuse.
- Bruising around breasts, abdomen or inner thigh
- Irritation or itching around genitals
- Bleeding from the vagina or anus
- Trouble walking
- The presence of an STI
Nursing Home Sexual Abuse Lawyers
The nursing home sexual abuse lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP have seen how nursing home sexual abuse devastates its victims. Nursing home sexual harassment and abuse is far more common than some might think, and is becoming more frequent. Our nursing home abuseattorneys have worked for over 15 years to ensure that nursing homes that fail to protect residents from sexual predators are held accountable for the terrible nursing home physical abuse injuries these criminals inflict on nursing home patients.
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As the corporations that own nursing homes look to cut costs, they have reduced wages and staff at their facilities. Understaffing makes it far easier for the activities of sexual predators to go unnoticed. Low pay means that in some cases, nursing homes end up attracting unscrupulous individuals. Very often, nursing home management won’t perform background checks on prospective employees unless they are required by law to do so. The nursing home abuse lawyers at our firm have seen how the lack of background checks, understaffing and poor pay offered to nursing home staff have allowed sexual predators to gain employment in nursing homes and other long term care facilities, resulting in cases of nursing home sexual assault and nursing home physical abuse.
Nursing Home Physical Abuse & Nursing Home Sexual Assault
According to a 1996 Medicaid Fraud Report, 10% of all nursing home physical abuse cases are of a sexual nature. Sexual elder abuse is defined as non-consensual sexual contact of any kind with a nursing home resident. Sexual contact with any person incapable of giving consent is also considered sexual elder abuse.
Nursing home residents are known to have been sexually victimized by both staff and other residents. Nursing home sexual assault or abuse nearly always occurs alongside other forms of nursing homes abuse. Sexual abuse is often a sign that nursing home management is neglecting its residents in many other ways. The nursing home negligence attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP are dedicated to ensuring that nursing homes that do not provide a safe environment for residents are held accountable.
Often, nursing home sexual abuse or nursing home sexual assault goes undetected. Sadly, the physical and cognitive impairments common among nursing home patients make it impossible for them to fight off sexual assailants or report sexual abuse. In other cases, sexual predators are able to intimidate their vulnerable victims into silence. In still other instances, nursing home sexual abuse victims are too embarrassed to come forward with details of what they have been forced to endure. For this reason, the families of victims must become educated about nursing home sexual abuse. The nursing home sexual abuse lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP have dedicated themselves to providing the families of nursing home victims with the resources they need to protect their loved ones.
Signs of Nursing Home Physical Abuse & Nursing Home Sexual Harassment
Nursing home physical abuse can take many forms. Forced nudity, or forcing a nursing home resident to engage in taking pornographic pictures or looking at pornography is a form of sexual abuse. Forcing a nursing home resident to listen to inappropriate jokes or stories – especially if the intent is to humiliate the resident – is also abusive. Unwanted sexual touching (including whipping, pinching, and punching or kissing) on the part of staff is sexual abuse, as is forcing one resident to inappropriately touch or kiss another’s body. Obviously any form of rape or forced sexual intercourse is sexual abuse.
There are some physical signs of sexual abuse that anyone with a loved one in a nursing home should be aware of. Bruising around breasts, upper abdomen, or inner thigh is often evidence of inappropriate touching or worse. Signs that a nursing home resident has been the victim of a sexual assault include bleeding from the vagina or anus; the presence of a sexually transmitted disease; troubles walking or discomfort when sitting; and irritation or itching in genitals. The nursing home abuse attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP are very aware of all the signs of nursing home sexual abuse, and can help families determine if their loved one has become a victim of this crime.
Nursing Home Sexual Abuse Legal Help
Nursing home sexual abuse is a disgusting crime, and the victims of nursing home sexual abuse need to be treated with sensitivity, dignity and compassion. The nursing home sexual abuse attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP will always treat the victims of nursing home abuse with the respect they deserve. If you suspect a loved one has been the victim of nursing home sexual abuse or any other form of nursing home neglect, they have valuable legal rights. Please fill out our online form for a free consultation from a qualified nursing home abuse attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).