There is nothing more important than protecting the rights and dignity of our elders. They have earned it. However, there are times when we must rely on the care of others when the needs of our elderly loved ones become more than we can handle by ourselves. Unfortunately, we know that elder sexual abuse is common.
At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we want to help when you need a Jersey City elder sexual harassment attorney. When you call us, we will get to work investigating what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve.
What Can Happen In Nursing Homes?
The Centers for Disease Control defines elder abuse as “an intentional act or failure to act that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult.” They go on to define sexual abuse of an elder as anything that involved “forced or unwanted sexual activity “of any kind with” of any kind with an older adult.” This can include:
- Sexual contact
- Or non-contact acts such as sexual harassment
Sexual offenders are often drawn to the elderly due to their vulnerability. Perpetrators can be nursing home staff and volunteers or even people who have illegally entered the premises. In many cases, the victims of elder sexual harassment and abuse have no way to fight back or defend themselves. In some cases, they may not even know or understand what is happening to them.
It is up to family members and other visitors to be vigilant and look for signs that sexual assault or harassment has taken place. This can include physical signs like unexplained bruises or marks on the person’s body. It can also include non-physical things like changes in behavior exhibited by the elderly person. It is important to report suspected abuse to law enforcement immediately.
What About In-Home Care?
In many cases, we rely on in-home care aides to take care of our elderly loved ones. In these cases, the same risks are present. The in-home care aide or nurse could abuse or harass our loved ones and we should be on the lookout for signs that abuse has occurred.
The Effects Of Abuse
The effects of abuse on victims are tremendous. Not only are they left to deal with the physical trauma of an assault, but sexual abuse and harassment can also leave a person with deep emotional and psychological damage.
We Are Here For You
The thought of an elderly person being sexually abused or harassed is sickening and here at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we will not tolerate it. If you discover that an elderly friend or relative has been sexually abused in New Jersey, we are here for you.
Our attorneys will stop at nothing to investigate your case and secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- Pain and suffering damages
- Relocation expenses if necessary
- Compensation for and needed counseling
- Punitive damages against the perpetrator(s) and their employer