Sadly, sexual abuse in nursing homes does occur. Our attorneys have the training and experience to handle these delicate cases with compassion. If you have any reason to suspect that your loved one has been sexually abused or raped while in the care of a nursing home facility, we strongly advise that you first contact local law enforcement officials. After you have taken this step, speak with a nursing home sexual abuse lawyer from our Daytona, FL, law firm to inquire about your rights. To schedule a consultation, contact Chanfrau & Chanfrau today.
A Closer Look at Sexual Abuse
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, sexual abuse is “Non-consensual sexual contact of any kind, [including] coercing an elder to witness sexual behaviors.” It is important to remember that not only can sexual abuse cause a great deal of physical and emotional pain and suffering, but it is illegal. You have clear grounds on which to act.
If you have even the slightest cause for concern regarding the health and well-being of your loved one, we strongly encourage you to take action today. At Chanfrau & Chanfrau, we pride ourselves on personal service, and would be honored to help your family in this time of crisis. We can leverage our experience and professional acumen to your family's benefit.
If you are unsure what constitutes sexual abuse, it is important to understand that any type of non-consensual sexual activity can be considered abusive behavior. This may include:
- Sexual contact with any person incapable of giving consent
- Unwanted touching
- Coerced nudity
- Sexually explicit photographing
We want you to know that help is available if your loved one is the victim of sexual abuse. Not only will criminal charges likely apply, but your family can file a civil claim to hold the liable parties financially responsible for their actions. In such cases, our team will work diligently to ensure your family receives just and fair compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, medical bills, rehabilitation and recovery expenses, and more.
Signs of Sexual Abuse
Though sexual abuse, like physical abuse, typically causes visible symptoms, it may be difficult to determine if your loved one is being abused because oftentimes, these symptoms are hidden beneath clothing. If you do suspect that abuse is taking place, there are several possible indicators (a primary care physician can identify signs during an examination):
- Bruises around the breasts or genital area
- Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections
- Unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding
- Torn, stained, or bloody underclothing
Of course, an elder's report of being sexually assaulted or raped should be treated seriously, and may be the first indication that abuse is taking place. If your loved one tells you that he or she was sexually assaulted, this is a clear violation of the Nursing Home Bill of Rights, and grounds for criminal charges and a medical malpractice or other civil claim.
Take Steps Today to Protect Your Loved One
Our team knows how to handle cases of sexual abuse in nursing homes and long-term care facilities with compassion and professionalism. Rest assured, we will work with your family's best interests in mind, and will do everything in our power to protect your loved one's rights. Of course, we will also hold the offending parties responsible for their grossly reckless behavior. To protect your loved one, contact our law firm today.
* "Elder Abuse - Extent of Elder Abuse Victimization." National Institute of Justice. 12 May 2015. Web. 13 July 2015.