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Attorney Sanga Turnbull

Nursing Home Sexual Assault Representation

According to a CNN investigative report, 16,000 complaints of sexual abuse have been reported between 2000 and 2017 in nursing home facilities and long-term care facilities. Moreover, 500 facilities were cited for not investigating allegations of sexual abuse or for not screening employees for abusive pasts. Nobody should be sexually abused, but it is particularly devastating when it occurs to an elderly loved one who lacks the physical strength and sometimes mental capacity to protect themselves.

Suppose you suspect your loved one is being sexually abused by a staff member, visitor or another nursing home resident. In that case, you must speak with a knowledgeable Orlando nursing home sexual assault attorney who can help you further investigate the case and take legal action, like the team at The Turnbull Law Firm.

Types Of Sexual Assault Common In Nursing Homes

Sexual assault happens in more ways than you may expect. Some examples of assault that residents in a nursing home can experience include:

  • Unwanted sexual touching of any kind, either forcing the resident to touch another person or unwanted touching of a nursing home resident
  • Forcing a nursing home resident to watch others engage in sexual acts
  • Forcing a resident to undress in front of others
  • Playing pornography videos to residents without their consent or approval
  • The nursing home’s failure to protect residents from any visitors or other residents who sexually assault them

Signs That Sexual Assault Is Occurring

There is a lot of shame in sexual assault and as a result, many cases go unreported. According to a study published by the Brennan Center for Justice, it is estimated that nearly 80% of all sexual assault cases are unreported. It is likely a higher percentage for elderly victims because cognitive decline and mobility concerns can make it more difficult for them to come forward to share the abuse. Signs of abuse include:

  • Torn clothing
  • Blood-stained underwear
  • Bleeding from private parts
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Depression, weight loss or other sudden changes in mood or desire to live
  • Bruises or welts and more

Residents Who Are Most At Risk

Sexual abuse can happen to any nursing home resident, but there are factors that put some residents at greater risk. If your loved one falls into any of these categories, it is extremely important to pay attention to the care they are receiving and speak up if you notice signs of abuse. Risk factors include:

  • Residents who do not have many family visitors and are more isolated
  • Residents who are more dependent on staff for help with daily activities
  • Residents who are in cognitive decline and may not be able to speak up about the sexual abuse
  • Residents who are not as physically mobile
  • Female residents
  • Residents with a known history of sexual assault

Let An Experienced Attorney Fight For You

If a nursing home was negligent in its duties to protect residents from sexual predators by not investigating allegations, not doing adequate background checks or failing to monitor what is going on within the building, it can be held liable for sexual abuse. A skilled Orlando nursing home abuse attorney from The Turnbull Law Firm can help collect evidence and build a case for compensation. Contact our offices at 863-336-6993 or click this link to schedule a consultation today.