Denver Attorneys for Nursing Home Residents Who Have Been Sexually Abused
Like other forms of abuse, sexual abuse in nursing homes is far more common than any of us would like to believe. Although studies indicate that sexual abuse is less prevalent than physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect, even one case of sexual abuse is too many, and it is also widely understood that all forms of abuse in nursing homes are grossly underreported.
If you are concerned that an aging loved one may have experienced sexual abuse in a Denver-area nursing home, it is important that you intervene. Those who have been abused are more likely to be targeted again in the future, and the physical and emotional injuries resulting from sexual abuse need to be treated as soon as possible. Talking to a parent or other elderly relative about sexual abuse may not be easy, but it is something that needs to be done. Additionally, even if he or she asks you to do nothing, it is important that you not dismiss your concerns. Your loved one may have been threatened to keep quiet, and loved ones often need to exercise their better judgment to seek help in the face of conflict or uncertainty.
Symptoms of Sexual Abuse in Elderly Nursing Home Residents
How can you tell if an elderly loved one living in a nursing home has been sexually abused? It is not always easy to tell.
The following are all potential symptoms and consequences of sexual abuse:
- Anxiety, agitation or depression
- Appearing to be intimidated or afraid around nursing home staff
- Bruising on the inner thighs
- Emotional withdrawal
- Injuries to the pelvis or genitals
- Pain, bleeding or irritation in the genital region
- Unexplained changes in behavior, including aggressive or inappropriate conduct
- Exhibiting symptoms of sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs)
Refusing to talk about sexual abuse can often be a sign that a nursing home resident has been abused as well. Once again, if you have any concerns, we encourage you to contact us promptly so that we can help.
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Levine Law is a team of experienced attorneys and legal professionals who are committed to helping victims of nursing home neglect and abuse. We have been representing individuals and families in cases against nursing homes for more than 20 years, and we are deeply experienced in the complex and often sensitive issues involved in cases of sexual abuse. Many of our clients come to us unsure of whether they need help, and simply not knowing where else to turn. We can help you understand your situation and the options you have available, and we can make sure your loved one receives the care and medical treatment he or she deserves.
If you have questions and would like to speak with an attorney, we urge you to contact us for a free initial consultation. With multiple office locations, we serve clients throughout the greater Denver area. To speak with a nursing home abuse lawyer in confidence, call 303-333-8000 or send us your contact information online now.