Putting a loved one in a nursing home is one of the hardest decisions for a spouse or child of an elderly person to make.
Various Types of Resident Abuse
Sadly, sexual abuse of the elderly is not unheard of in long-term care and assisted living settings and has been on the rise in recent years as understaffing has led to a serious lack of staff and visitor oversight. The abuse can be at the hands of other residents, visitors or the permanent or temporary staff. Some common types of elder sexual abuse include:
- Sexual battery
- Vaginal and anal intercourse without consent
- Vaginal or anal penetration
- Forced nudity
- Inappropriate photography
- Forced observation of masturbation or pornography
- Any unwanted physical touching in the genital region
Most people are put in nursing homes because they are not fully mentally and physically capacitated any longer. As a result, most victims of sexual abuse are people who are unable to complain or even pick their perpetrators out of lineup making these cases all the more complicated.