Sexual Abuse of the Elderly

Sexual abuse is regarded by our society as among the most unforgivable of transgressions. It can leave psychological scars that never go away and which can compromise the victim’s self-esteem and ability to form and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships. When nursing home staff sexually abuses residents, the offense is even more heinous because it occurs at the hands of the persons directly responsible for protecting and supporting their health and wellbeing.

The temptation is great to attempt to hide these troubling episodes, but for the sake of your loved one and others who may find themselves in a similar position in the future, you must stand up for what is right. Contact the Phoenix elder abuse lawyers of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C., at 800-763-0964 if you suspect that your loved one has been sexually abused in a nursing home.

Inappropriate Behaviors and Actions

The motivations that drive a sexually abusive nursing home employee are entirely irrelevant. There is no conceivable justification for the violation of a patient’s body or mind in such an egregious manner. Sexual abuse occurs definitively when a staff member touches or uncovers a resident’s genitalia or other body parts for the purpose of deriving pleasure. Possible manifestations of sexual abuse include:

  • Sexual Harassment (applying standards similar to those imposed in workplaces and other settings)
  • Sexual Assault
  • Coerced Sexual Activity Forced by Intimidation
  • Inappropriate Touching and/or Fondling

Contact Us

Nursing homes can be disorienting to the elderly, even when the staff act with professionalism and compassion. In an environment where one experiences sexual abuse, that distress can attain new levels and may have direct health implications. Contact the Phoenix elder abuse lawyers of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C., at 800-763-0964 to speak with a compassionate and caring attorney who will work hard to see that justice is served.

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