Appalling Sexual Abuse in Oregon Nursing Homes: Bend/Portland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Explain

Shocking Sexual Abuse in Oregon Nursing Homes: Learn How to Protect Your Loved One’s Rights from Our Bend/Portland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers


One of the most appalling and shocking instances of abuse in Oregon nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and the rehabilitation centers is sexual abuse.  This type of elder abuse is horrifying and outright condemnable.  It is estimated that approximately 10% to 11% of elders are victims of some form of abuse each year, with .6% being sexual abuse.  While .6% does does not sound like a lot, there are approximately 1.5 million nursing homes residents which means there are 9,000 victims of sexual abuse or approximately 25 victims per day.  Our Bend/Portland nursing home abuse lawyers know that these victims of sexual abuse in nursing homes suffer some of the most egregious atrocities committed on them.  Learn about sexual abuse in nursing homes and how to protect loved ones.


What is Sexual Abuse in a Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility?


Sexual abuse can take many forms.  This includes merely unwelcomed sexual advances or flirting, to more sexual accusations of rape.  Unfortunately, sexual abuse in nursing homes do happen and the results are usually debilitating and painful for the victim and his or her family.  Some common examples of sexual abuse in an Oregon nursing home include the following:


  • Rape or unconsented sexual intercourse;;
  • Fondling of private areas;
  • Pinching, twisting, yanking, touching, or biting of private areas;
  • Coerced sexual contact;
  • Inappropriate sexual remarks, comments, or flirting;
  • Inappropriate touching; 
  • Genital mutilation; and
  • Many other types.

Why is Sexual Abuse in Oregon Nursing Homes so Damaging and Devastating?


Sexual abuse in nursing homes is an aberration.  This is because sexual abuse routinely causes both physical and emotional harm to a victim.  Of which, this victim is an elderly individual who is likely defenseless and sometimes unable to even understand what is happening.  An individual whose family can no longer care for him or her, and the family has entrusted a nursing home facility with the care, health, and life of their loved one.


Given the weakened and dependent state of a nursing home resident, when sexual abuse is occurring it could result in significant personal injuries.  Physically, an elderly resident is more susceptible to serious injury including infections, uncontrolled bleeding, and other physical damage like broken bones, torn muscles, or damaged cartilage or tendons.  


Emotionally, an elderly resident could suffer significant and life-changing mental changes.  This includes horrible depression, suicidal tendencies, withdrawn, cognitive function issues like loss of memory or language, inappropriate behaviors, violence or lashing out, and many other emotional harms.


Victims of Oregon nursing home sexual abuse are simply going to suffering horrible physical and emotional injuries which may be compensated under Oregon law.


Ask Our Bend/Portland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers for Help


Sexual abuse in a nursing home could occur by staff, guests, contractors, or other residents.  Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, and other healthcare facilities are supposed to prevent serious injury and damage to residents.  This includes sexual abuse.  Thus, nursing homes and other facilities that fail to guard residents from instances of sexual abuse may be liable under Oregon law for a victim’s damages.  


If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect contact the Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.  


Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  


We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take Nursing Home Abuse cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  


Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.

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