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Trusting another person to care for a loved one can be difficult. Many seniors are less independent than they were during their younger days, and they may struggle or be unable to communicate their problems.

Unfortunately, one of the most common side effects of this inability to fully communicate often results in some nursing home abuse and neglect, including sexual abuse. Residents with dementia and females are much more likely to be victims of nursing home sexual abuse, but it can happen to any resident at any time. If you suspect your loved one is the victim of sexual abuse in a nursing home setting, it is essential to work with an experienced nursing home abuse attorney in San Antonio who regularly handles cases of sexual abuse in nursing homes. These cases are complicated and hard-fought by the nursing homes, but when handled correctly can provide families with a sense of closure and justice in the wake of the wrongdoing.

At the Law Offices of Glenn W. Cunningham, we have over 30 years of experience handling elder abuse and would love to help your family during this difficult time. We aggressively pursue claims against healthcare providers who abuse their positions of authority and take advantage of your loved one’s vulnerability. We can help you hold them accountable. Call today to learn more.

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.

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Signs of Nursing Home Sexual Abuse in San Antonio

Identifying sexual abuse in a loved one can be obvious or subtle and not all the signs of this type of highly illegal behavior are physical. Some of the signs to look for include:

  • PTSD
  • Trouble sitting or standing out of discomfort
  • Bruising on inner thighs
  • Bruising on genitals
  • Torn or bloody underwear
  • Engaging or discussing unusual sexual conduct or sexual aggression
  • Pelvic injuries
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Social issues
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Development of an STD or other sexual infection (e.g., a urinary tract infection in females)

While female nursing home residents are much more likely to be a victim of nursing home abuse, it can happen to males as well. As with all illegal nursing home behaviors, if you feel like something is wrong, it probably is, and you need to take immediate action to protect your loved one and hold the responsible party accountable.

Contact a Texas Elder Sexual Abuse Lawyer

When we work with individuals, we look not only at the person who committed the abuse but also at the things that made it possible. We hold nursing home administrators accountable for not providing enough supervision or failing to check the criminal background history of their employees.

Financial compensation cannot erase the abuse that happened, but it can help prevent others from suffering through the same thing and provide the necessary funds to physically heal and put your loved one in a safer environment. Learn more about the legal counsel available by scheduling your free initial consultation with a medical malpractice attorney. We can be reached online or by calling our office.

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