Sexual Abuse | Sexual Assault

Sexual Abuse victims are not alone and they have rights, if and when they are ready to pursue them. At Farmer Jaffe Weissing, we want to empower victims to come forward, report crimes and hold perpetrators accountable; thereby educating the community and inspiring others to do the same.

Nursing Home & Residential Care Facility Abuse Attorneys

Florida Assisted Living Sexual Abuse & Neglect Law Firm

The baby boomer generation (people between the age 65 and older) will almost double between 2000 and 2030. More than 43% of Americans age 65 and older will have more than a 75% chance of needing some help with daily activities (independent living facility, assisted living facility, residential care facility, nursing home, or even in their own home).

According to the National enter on Elder Abuse, more than 30% of all nursing homes in the United States are involved in some form of resident abuse, and more than 50% of nursing homes and assisted care facilities are short staffed, with the existing staff being overburdened.

As unthinkable as this is, sexual assault and neglect is not limited to the elderly with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Many of these residential care facilities also are home to many at-risk and autistic children and also mentally and physically disabled adults.

Sexual predators and sexual offenders focus on the elderly, children and the disabled because they are often weak and defenseless. Many of whom are either afraid or embarrassed to admit that they were the victim of sexual abuse (often  forced, coerced, tricked, or manipulated into unwanted sexual contact) or have lost the ability to speak or have poor motor skills to consent to or communicate the incident.

The abuse can include any unwanted or inappropriate touching, rape, sodomy, nudity, sexual coercion, sexually-explicit photographing, and sexual harassment.

Sexual assault and neglect is often committed by:

Sexual abuse can occur because of the nursing home’s negligent hiring in that it fails to conduct background investigations to screen employees for a history of crime or sexual abuse. Sexual abuse can also occur as a result from a care facilities understaffing or failure to properly supervise and train its employees. Sexual assault can also be due to inadequate security, which allows strangers to enter the nursing home or care facility.

Victims of sexual abuse in residential care facilities and group homes have legal rights to hold these institutions accountable for abuse within the facility. Florida law provides a Bill of Rights for nursing home, long-term care and assisted living residents. To find out how your nursing home, long-term care facility or assisted living facility rates, visit the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.

If you suspect your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse by an in-home caregiver, social workers, nursing home resident, etc., contact our nursing home sexual abuse attorneys today to discuss your legal rights. We help victims who have been abused, neglected, or exploited sexually and financially.


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