Elder Sexual Abuse
Was Your Elderly Loved One The Victim Of Sexual Assault?
Sexual abuse is one of the most damaging types of abuse that an elderly person can face, especially those who lack the physical or mental ability to protect themselves from harm. According to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), one of the most active organizations investigating sexual abuse across the United States, reports that only about 30 percent of people over the age of 65 report the abuse to law enforcement and more than 83 percent of all victims of elder sexual abuse live in an adult care facility or in a nursing home. In 81 percent of all cases, the caregiver was the abuser, and more than three quarters of abuses have at least one witness.
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Our Tampa elder abuse attorneys at Givens Givens Sparks have spent their careers providing families and individuals with the experienced legal representation they need to fight for and secure the outcome they deserve. With more than 135 years of collective experience, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands when you choose to hire us to represent you. Contact us today to explain your situation to a member of our firm and learn what we can do to assist you.
Warning Signs Of Sexual Abuse
Due to the infrequency that victims report their abusers, it’s important for their loved ones to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity or actions in order to ensure that the elder can receive the care and protection they need. Some warning signs to keep an eye out for include:
- Pelvic injuries
- New difficulty walking around or sitting down
- New sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Suicide attempts
- Unusual or inappropriate behavior between the abuse suspect and the victim
- Unusual, aggressive or inappropriate sexual behavior
- Emerging symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or panic attacks
- Withdrawal from social activities
- Extreme agitation
- Stained, torn or bloody undergarments
- Genital or anal irritation, bleeding or pain
- Bruising around the genital area or on the inner thighs
The Right Attorney Can Make All The Difference
Sexual abuse is a serious issue that far too many seniors face, and they deserve the chance to fight to secure the protection they need in their golden years. At Givens Givens Sparks, our Tampa elder abuse lawyers are dedicated to providing our clients and their families with the knowledgeable and passionate legal representation they require in their time of need. If your elderly loved one was the victim of sexual abuse, give us a call at (813) 375-0109 to discuss your situation with a member of our firm, or send us your information through our online form to request a case consultation today.