MSCASA - Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Elder Sexual Assault

A training program for home health workers, nursing home employees and others in contact with the elderly population to help them identify and respond to signs of abuse and assault.

SEXUAL ABUSE OF THE ELDERLY  -
 HELP PUT AN END TO IT

Sexual abuse of the elderly in nursing homes or assisted living facilities is not unheard of.  The abuse can be at the hands of other residence or the staff.   Sexual abuse of the elderly is defined as non-consensual sexual contact of any kind with an elderly person.  Sexual contact with any person incapable of giving consent is also considered sexual abuse.  It includes, but is not limited to, unwanted touching, all types of sexual assault or battery, such as rape, sodomy, coerced nudity, and sexually explicit photographing.  Sexual abuse is not often reported as a type of elder abuse.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF THE ELDERLY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO

POSSIBLE WARNING SIGNS FROM THE ELDERLY WHO HAS BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED

WHO DOES IT?

WHO REPORTS SEXUAL ABUSE OF THE ELDERLY?

WHAT TO DO
There are agencies that are involved in identifying and preventing elder sexual abuse. If you suspect that an older person is being sexually abused, contact Adult Protective Services, located in the local Department of Human Services.

If the abuse is occurring in a nursing home or assisted living facility, call the Long Term Care Ombudsman. If the older person is in danger and not sure who to call, call your police, or sheriff's office, or 911, if it is available in your area. Failing to report abuse may result in being fined.

For more information on Sexual Abuse of the Elderly contact organizations that provide protective services for older people, such as you Area Agency on Aging, or you state’s Office on Aging or Adult Protective Services agency.

Phone numbers of the Adult Protective Services and the area Long Term Care Ombudsman are listed in the "yellow pages" of the telephone directory under the classification of “Senior Citizens” Services or Department of Human Services.


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