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How do signs of sexual abuse in nursing homes differ from other forms of abuse?

 

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There are many Florida nursing-home-abuse warning signs; however, not all of them are easy to detect. Physical abuse signs are probably the most obvious due to cuts, bruises, and torn clothing, while emotional abuse may be the most difficult to detect. Without seeing the abuse firsthand or being told by a nursing home resident what is happening, it is sometimes difficult to spot. But there are warning signs to look for.

Signs of Sexual Abuse:

  • Trouble walking or standing
  • Bruising around breasts and inner thighs
  • Torn clothing
  • Overuse of restraints
  • Infections or sexually transmitted diseases
  • Genital bleeding
  • Changes in behavior and mood swings

Sexual abuse in a Sarasota nursing home can be hard to spot because some of the indicators, like torn clothing or excessive use of restraints, can also be signs of physical abuse. Similarly, behavioral changes and mood swings could also be signs of emotional abuse—they don’t necessarily indicate sexual abuse. To get clarification and confirmation, it is important, if you see any of these signs, to ask your loved one if he or she is being hurt or abused in any way. Don’t be surprised, however, if your elderly family member denies being abused. Shame and fear often cause people to pretend abuse isn’t occurring.

If you believe your elderly loved one is a victim of sexual abuse or any type of nursing home abuse, you should contact the Mallard Law Firm immediately for legal counsel. We will provide you with information, answer your questions, and explain what steps are needed in order to keep your loved one safe and free from abuse. Our Sarasota nursing home abuse lawyers will provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation at 888-409-3805 today.


Damian Mallard, Esq.
Board Certified Sarasota Personal Injury Attorney