While it may seem unthinkable, it happens: sexual assault in nursing homes
has become such a pervasive problem that it is now the subject of a
CNN investigation. CNN has found that more than 1,000 nursing homes throughout the country
have been cited for mishandling suspected cases of sexual abuse.
Facilities throughout the country have reported that vulnerable senior
citizens are being raped and sexually abused by the very people paid to
care for them. Even more disturbing is the fact that nursing facilities
and the government officials who are supposed to oversee them are doing
little to nothing to stop it.
How can this happen? A number of systemic failures are the likely culprit.
The CNN investigation reports that nursing homes are slow to investigate
reports of sexual abuse for the likely reason of reluctance to believe
allegations from memory-impaired people or a desire to hide evidence of
wrongdoing. Allegations that made their way to police are often written
off because victims are often unable to communicate the incident. Furthermore,
state regulators have consistently failed to flag patterns of repeated
accusations against individual caregivers. All of these failings have
made it easy for perpetrators to get away with their crimes, and harder
for victims and families to get justice.
Follow the link above for further information on the findings of the investigation.
As South Carolina nursing home abuse attorneys, we at Christian & Davis
LLC take an aggressive stance against this appalling and criminal breach
of human decency. If you or a loved one has been the victim of
sexual abuse in a nursing home, we encourage you to immediately contact our team. We’re prepared
to fight unrelentingly for the justice that you and your family deserve.
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