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When thinking about sexual abuse, we often consider it from the perspective of a young victim, typically a child. However, this point of view does not account for the reality that the elderly also fall prey to sexual abusers. Sexual abuse in nursing homes is a persistent, horrible, and alarmingly common problem across the country.
The pain of discovering that your loved one suffered abuse by their caregiver can be overwhelming, especially if the abuse was sexual. You may be blaming yourself for the suffering your elderly loved one had to endure, but it is not your fault, or your loved one’s fault. Such sexual abuse is often the work of depraved individuals who need to be held accountable for their grievous misdeeds. The Chicago nursing home sexual abuse attorneys of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC can help you fight for justice after discovering someone you love was heinously mistreated.
Perpetrators of sexual abuse in nursing homes are often the very people tasked with taking care of the residents. In some cases, perpetrators may even be other residents. Regardless, nursing homes must always be vigilant and look for all forms of sexual abuse from staff and residents alike. Every home needs to fight to prevent abuse or stop it from ever happening again.
Nursing home sexual abuse can take many forms and manifest itself in numerous ways. You may notice a change in your loved one’s behavior or a rapid decline in their health. Other signs of sexual abuse include:
Sexual abuse in nursing homes has real consequences for its victims. They begin to feel unsafe around other people and must live with the terror of knowing the abuse could happen again. Unwelcome or non-consensual sexual activity has no place in Chicago’s nursing homes. If you suspect your loved one is experiencing some form of nursing home abuse, sexual or otherwise, an attorney may be able to help you prove it and hold the responsible party accountable.
Dealing with potential sexual abuse of your loved one can feel traumatizing, but it is important to act as quickly as possible. Your actions can put an end to your loved one’s suffering, and could help numerous other residents who are victims of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse should never be tolerated and nursing homes that allow this kind of mistreatment to occur should pay the price for their neglect. To go over the particulars of your situation with an experienced and compassionate Chicago nursing home sexual abuse attorney, call Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC by dialing (312) 346-8620 for a free consultation.