Altoona Lawyer for Sexual Elder Abuse
Holding Caregivers Accountable For Their Inappropriate Actions
Elder abuse is an increasingly common problem affecting the millions of aging Americans across the country. There are many different forms of elder abuse, including physical abuse, financial exploitation, and emotional/psychological abuse. Additionally, elderly people are very susceptible to sexual abuse by their caregivers. Unfortunate as this situation is, it is becoming an increasingly common occurrence as much of our nation's population begins to age. Speak to an experienced Pennsylvania elder abuse attorney today by contacting us at 814-946-4100.
Shocking Statistics About Elder Sexual Abuse
There is an alarming amount of elder abuse occurring right in the state of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania has a large elderly population, and with that comes many cases of various forms of elder abuse. According to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), here are a few statistics regarding elder sexual abuse:
- Only 30% of rape/sexual assault victims age 65 or older reported the incident to the police.
- In one study of suspected elder sexual abuse, females were assaulted six times as much as males.
- During a three year study of elder sexual abuse, there was a witness to the abuse over 75% of the time.
From this same study, over 80% of the abuse victims lived in a nursing home or residential care facility.
Talk With an Attorney About Your Sexual Abuse Case
There are many warning signs for elder sexual abuse. There are physical signs, such as bruising, cuts, and bleeding of the genital area. There may also be behavioral signs, such as inappropriate conversations between caregiver and patient. If you trusted a caregiver with your loved one's care but they were sexually abused instead, it could be time to take legal action. To schedule a free initial consultation with Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr, contact our Central Pennsylvania law firm by calling 814-946-4100.
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