Most nursing homes and other assisted care facilities are committed to providing quality care for their residents. But some fail and expose the people under their care to abuse. Elder sex abuse is defined as sexual contact with a senior citizen who is unwilling or unable to consent, 包括触碰, 攻击, 和强奸. Sadly, the very people entrusted to provide care for vulnerable adults may abuse their victims.
Victims of elder sexual abuse are often reluctant to report it because of embarrassment, 报复的威胁, or mental conditions that prevent them from understanding they have been abused. Elder sexual abusers prey on those least able to protect themselves. If someone you care for has suffered sexual abuse, the 凤凰城虐待老人律师 夫妻法律团队也许能帮上忙.
除了不必要的身体接触, elder sex abuse can include making the victim undress or partially undress, 向他或她展示色情材料, 把自己暴露给长者, 以及其他应受谴责的行为. 这种滥用会导致:
- Emotional trauma that profoundly and negatively impacts the victim's quality of life
Suspecting that your loved one is being abused in a facility meant to care for him or her is a horrible feeling, 但有些事情是可以做的. As soon as you suspect abuse is taking place, start to 更有规律地访问. Visiting regularly will allow you to spot the signs as soon as they occur, so you can report them.
当你看到标志时， 立即联系设施管理员. They will need to know about the abuse, even if you’re unsure of the identity of the abuser. If you know who the abuser is, this will also need to be reported to the administrator.
如果施虐者没有被移除或识别， 感动你的爱人 立即. If another trustworthy nursing home is not available, keep your loved one at a family member’s home. If the abuser knows that the abuse has been reported, it might even get worse at the facility.
Once the abuse has been reported to the facility administrator, 向当局报告虐待事件. In Arizona, there are many places where nursing home abuse can be reported including:
最后, after your loved one has been removed from the nursing home and the abuse has been reported, 是很重要的 提出人身伤害索赔. This is different from pressing criminal charges and will allow the victim to claim compensation for injuries, 包括情感创伤.
In sexual abuse cases, victims are often reluctant to press charges or 提出人身伤害索赔. 他们想忘掉整个事件, and they fear having to go on the witness stand and relive the experience. 对老年人来说尤其如此.
但对行凶者提出索赔至关重要. And in sexual abuse claims, there’s more than just compensation at stake. We at 丈夫 and 妻子的法律团队, want to stress how important such a case could be to others. 即使受害者被从情境中移除, there is a good chance that the abuser will simply find another victim. This is especially true in nursing homes where there are many other vulnerable adults present.
A personal injury claim can get the sexual predator removed from these environments - he or she likely won’t be able to find similar work ever again. This one step could save many other people from suffering the same kind of abuse.
In addition to helping others, personal injury claims can save the victim from destructive patterns. Oftentimes when people are sexually abused, they start to have difficulty in other relationships. 他们可能自卑, 产生焦虑或抑郁, 或者开始从社交场合中退缩.
When a personal injury claim is filed, it puts the power back into the hands of the victims. They will be the people making their abusers pay for what they did. This can be incredibly empowering and can greatly help a person move on from a traumatic sexual incident.
If someone you care about was the victim of sexual 攻击 or another kind of abuse, the 凤凰城人身伤害律师 夫妻法律团队需要帮助. 我们通知有关当局, 立即对虐待事件展开调查, and help victims and their families in many other ways. We can 提出人身伤害索赔 to help the victim receive the compensation he or she deserves for moving expenses to another facility, 医疗保健, 身体和情感创伤, 痛苦和折磨, 以及虐待造成的其他伤害. If you know or suspect that a senior citizen is or has been abused, every minute counts. Contact 丈夫 and 妻子的法律团队 today by calling (602) 457-6222.
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