Everyone who has a family member, male or female, in a nursing home or who personally contemplates the possibility of ever having to resort to long term care in a nursing home or assisted living facility should read this article:
Some of the victims can't speak. They rely on walkers and wheelchairs to leave their beds. They have been robbed of their memories. They come to nursing homes to be cared for.
Instead, they are sexually assaulted.
The unthinkable is happening at facilities throughout the country: Vulnerable seniors are being raped and sexually abused by the very people paid to care for them. (Bold & italics mine.)
It's impossible to know just how many victims are out there. But through an exclusive analysis of state and federal data and interviews with experts, regulators and the families of victims, CNN has found that this little-discussed issue is more widespread than anyone would imagine.
Even more disturbing: In many cases, nursing homes and the government officials who oversee them are doing little -- or nothing -- to stop it.
Sometimes pure -- and even willful -- negligence is at work. In other instances, nursing home employees and administrators are hamstrung in their efforts to protect victims who can't remember exactly what happened to them or even identify their perpetrators.
Read more here: http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/02/health/nursing-home-sex-abuse-investigation/?iid=ob_lockedrai...
I regularly keep up with articles regarding the abuse and neglect of women and girls but I must admit that this is a difficult article to read. It's not a far reach for anyone with an empathetic nature to imagine his or her own parent, grandparent or disabled relative at the mercy of a psychopath, sexual predator or serial sexual abuser in a nursing home or long-term care facility.
With all of the causes AARP champions, this one would seem to be ripe for their attention given the numbers of retired and elderly people who may be caught up in this situation...as children & relatives responsible for the health and well-being of the victims and the actual victims themselves.
And do not kid yourselves...it's not just the women residents. Male residents are targeted for sexual abuse as well. We all need to educate ourselves regarding this tragic practice and hold HHS, Medicare/Medicaid, state licensing and oversight boards and the institutions involved accountable.
"More than 16,000 complaints of sexual abuse have been reported since 2000 in long-term care facilities (which include both nursing homes and assisted living facilities),according to federal data housed by the Administration for Community Living. But agency officials warned that this figure doesn't capture everything -- only those cases in which state long-term care ombudsmen (who act as advocates for facility residents) were somehow involved in resolving the complaints."
(source: CNN in previously cited internet article)
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