Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse

Margaret, 77, lived in a nursing home that was known for good residential care. One day, a nursing aide noticed that Margaret appeared anxious but Margaret would not explain why. While preparing her for a bath, the nursing aide saw multiple bruises on Margaret's arms, neck and back and asked what happened. Initially, Margaret did not say anything. Subsequently, the director of nursing learned from another resident that a new aide had sexually assaulted Margaret. As required by law, the director of nursing reported the sexual assault to Adult Protective Services (APS), and APS initiated an investigation, involving the Ombudsman and local law enforcement.
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Nursing Aide

Did this happen to you or someone you know?

  • Has anyone forced you to have sexual intercourse or oral sex if you did not want to?
  • Has anyone touched you in a sexual way or forced you to touch them in a sexual way against your will?
  • Has anyone made you undress or expose yourself when you didn’t want to?
  • Has anyone taken pictures of you with your clothes partially or completely off when you didn’t want them to?
  • Has anyone talked to you in a sexual way that made you feel uncomfortable?
  • Has anyone made you watch pornography against your will?

Warning signs of sexual abuse include:

  • Bruises around the breasts or genital area
  • Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections
  • Unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding
  • Changes in a seniors demeanor such as  showing fear or becoming withdrawn when a specific person is around
  • Evidence of pornographic material being shown to a senior with diminished capacity
  • Blood found on sheets, linens or a senior’s clothing
  • An elder's report of being sexually assaulted or raped


To read all Elder Sexual Abuse stories, visit the Abuse Stories page.

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