Signs of Nursing Home Sexual Abuse

Signs of Nursing Home Sexual Abuse

When you place a loved one in a nursing home, you expect them to be protected and cared for. However, this is not always the case, as sometimes they are mistreated and suffer physical and sexual abuse.

It is within your right to sue the nursing home for failure to protect your loved ones. You can also Sue the nursing home for the emotional and sexual abuse suffered. Speak with a local nursing home abuse lawyer to determine what type of claim to file, how to gather evidence, and what steps to take to ensure your loved one’s safety.

What Is Nursing Home Sexual Abuse?

Sexual abuse is the act of engaging in sexual acts with a home resident without their consent. It is also illegal to engage in sexual acts with a home resident who can not consent because of their physical or mental condition.

An example of sexual abuse is rape, sodomy, and unwanted touching. It is also an abuse to share pornographic content. So who is most at risk from being sexually abused?

  • Elderly women
  • Residents with disabilities
  • Residents who suffer from conditions such as mental impairment and dementia
  • Residents who suffer neglect from their family members and staff

Signs Your Loved One Has Being Sexually Abused

Although most sexual abuse victims don’t speak out, a few common signs may indicate they are being sexually abused. Some of the signs to watch out for include.

  • Bleeding in the vagina or rectum
  • Developing sexually transmitted diseases such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
  • Having bruises in the breasts, thighs, and genital areas
  • Depression
  • Showing fear around residents and certain staff members
  • Isolating

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, sexual abuse can be categorized into two; physical and social indicators. An example of a social indicator is attempting suicide, and if they have dementia, the victim might show signs of anxiety.

Contact a Qualified Nursing Home Sexual Abuse Lawyer

To successfully navigate a nursing home lawsuit, you need a compassionate local representation you can rely on. At The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, we have experience handling cases just like yours and we pride ourselves on helping members of our community hold negligent and malicious parties accountable for their actions.

When your loved one has suffered abuse whether physical, sexual, or neglectful while under the care of a nursing home, don’t wait to reach out when you need help. Schedule a free case review today when you call 561-659-6366 or send us a message via the contact form on our website.