Orlando Sexual Assault
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. If you suspect your loved one is being sexually abused by a staff member, visitor, or other nursing home resident, it is critical that you speak with a knowledgeable Orlando nursing home sexual assault attorney who can help you further investigate the case and take legal action.
Types of Sexual Assault Common in Nursing Homes
- 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; and
- 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 percent 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
Residents Who are Most at Risk
Sexual abuse can happen to any nursing home resident, but there are factors that put some residents at a 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; and
- Residents with a known history of sexual assault.
Contact an Orlando Nursing Home Sexual Assault Attorney Today
If a nursing home was negligent in their duties to protect residents from sexual predators by not investigating allegations, not doing adequate background checks, or failure to monitor what is going on within the building, they can be held liable for sexual abuse. A skilled Orlando sexual assault attorney from The Turnbull Firm can help collect evidence and build a case for compensation. Contact our offices at 407-612-6464 to schedule a free consultation today.