Putting a Stop to Sexual Abuse of the Elderly
It is unthinkable that your beloved parent or grandparent may be raped or otherwise sexually assaulted by the very people they trust to care for them at a nursing home. However, it is the unfortunate truth that many nursing home residents are sexually abused by their caretakers. It is up to you to keep a close eye on your elderly loved one and know the signs of sexual abuse, because very often elderly residents either cannot speak up for themselves or are not believed when they do.
If you have reason to believe your loved one has been abused, sexually or otherwise, at a nursing home or day care, please call Travis Siegel today at 562-273-9118 to schedule your free consultation. He will help you through the process of getting justice for your elderly relative.
Signs of Elder Sexual Abuse
Nursing home supervisors and administrators often do not believe claims of sexual abuse by elderly residents, especially if that resident has advanced dementia or Alzheimer’s. In other cases, residents may not have the capabilities of speaking out for themselves, or they may be too scared to do so.
However, there are signs you can watch for that may signal sexual abuse. Even if you think you may be overreacting or that the signs aren’t definitive, your loved one may be relying on you to investigate and help put a stop to the abuse. It may, thankfully, turn out that there is nothing behind your suspicions – or you may discover a horrendous truth.
Some warning signs of elder sexual abuse may include:
- Difficulty sitting, standing, or walking
- Genital bleeding
- Unexplained STDs or genital infections
- Fear or aversion to a particular caretaker
- Unexplained bruises, especially around the breasts or genitals
- Uncharacteristic withdrawal or depression
What To Do If You Suspect Elder Sexual Abuse
Nursing homes are often strapped for staff and resources, and have high turnover rates. Because of this, caretakers may not be vetted as carefully as they should be. Sexual abuse in nursing homes is much more common than people think, with caretakers choosing to assault elderly residents because they are easy targets who can’t fight back effectively. In addition, cognitive decline, memory loss, and diseases such as dementia often mean that residents are not taken seriously when they get up the courage to complain.
This is why you should always do your due diligence when visiting a loved one in a nursing home. Take careful note of the overall conditions in the home, and if you have any reason to suspect abuse, investigate further. You may not know how to do so, but this is where a seasoned elder sexual abuse lawyer can help you out.
Travis Siegel can help you report the abuse to the proper authorities, and can help you through the process of an elder sexual abuse lawsuit. He is dedicated to helping families obtain justice and compensation on behalf of their loved ones, and will treat you with compassion and respect through your entire case.
Contact Elder Abuse Lawyer Travis Siegel
If your elderly loved one has been sexually abused, don’t hesitate to contact Travis Siegel at 562-273-9118 to schedule your free consultation. We serve clients in Tustin, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, and other nearby areas of southern California.