Report Concerning Sexual Abuse And Sexual Assault At Nursing Homes

Sexual abuse and sexual assault that occurs to residents of nursing homes continues to be a significant concern.  As seen in many statistics and news stories, as well as allegations made in many nursing home lawsuits, sex crimes committed against nursing home residents are numerous.  This abuse and rape is often committed by nursing home staff as well as by other nursing home residents.

On this site, nursing home sexual abuse and assault is discussed on the “Chicago Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Assault” page;  this page also discusses various possible signs of such acts.

Various other issues are discussed in posts found in the “Nursing Home Sexual Abuse And Assault” category.

Recently, CNN has published an investigative report titled “Sick, dying, and raped in America’s nursing homes.”

Notable excerpts include:

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.

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.

The report cites various statistics – including those for Illinois nursing homes – regarding sexual abuse and assaults.

Also, the report discusses the challenges in identifying and investigating possible instances of crimes.  Another excerpt:

Many nursing home employees promptly report abusers to authorities as required by federal law and assist in the investigations. But in numerous examples of abuse uncovered by CNN, the facilities themselves have made it possible for violent rapes and sexual assaults to go unchecked.

In these facilities, allegations are routinely questioned or dismissed because victims have cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Workers often lack the specific training needed to spot sexual abuse — keeping reports of abuse from ever reaching authorities. And the reputation and safety of the facility may take priority: There’s often a fear that bringing investigators into a cash-strapped facility may expose other issues, threaten a nursing home with closure or open the door to costly lawsuits.

Most sinister of all are administrators and employees who actively impede investigations.

Additional details concerning the issue of sexual abuse and sexual assaults of nursing home residents can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Elman Joseph Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

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