Over 3.2 million adults living in nursing homes and other long term care facilities in the U.S. As many as 40 percent of all adults will enter a nursing home at some point during their lives and as the U.S. population ages, the number of nursing home residents is expected to grow. Many of these elders are well-cared for but many may be the victims of abuse. Elder abuse, particularly when it involves a patient in a residential care facility, can be difficult to detect and for every reported case of abuse, more than five cases may go unreported. Nursing home abuse can involve: Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Psychological Abuse, Financial Exploitation, Neglect and Resident to Resident Abuse.
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other forms of abuse
- Assault and Battery
- Dometic Violence
- Sexual Abuse
The statistics of sexual abuse in the United States are staggering: 44 percent of victims are under age 18; 80 percent are under 30. On average, 293,000 sexual assaults occur annually against victims over the age of 12. Every 107 seconds, another sexual assault occurs in the U.S. 68 percent of sexual assaults are never reported to law enforcement. 98 percent of rapists never see the inside of a jail cell. In 80 percent of the cases, the assault is committed by someone the victim knows; in 47 percent of the cases the rapist is a “friend” or acquaintance.
Whether there is a criminal conviction or not, a civil action can often help the victim of a sexually-based crime to recover monetary compensation.
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