Signs of Sexual Abuse in a Nursing Home: Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Signs of Sexual Abuse in a Nursing Home: Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Signs of Sexual Abuse in a Nursing Home: Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Know the Signs of Sexual Abuse in a Nursing Home: Explained by Our Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer


When we place a loved one in a nursing home, one of the last things that we expect is for our loved one to be abused.  There are many forms of abuse, including physical, financial, and emotional.  But one of the worst and most unexpected forms of abuse is sexual abuse in a nursing home.  This is often the last thing that we would expect that could happen to our loved one in a nursing home.  But our Oregon nursing home abuse lawyer knows that sexual abuse in nursing homes are an unfortunate truth and they do occur.  It is important that victims and families know the signs of sexual abuse in a nursing home to protect their rights under Oregon law.


This is because most times a victim or a family do not even realize that sexual abuse is ongoing.  Victims may even think that they welcome the attention, but do not realize that the conduct transcends what is appropriate and is sexual abuse.  Families may also not realize there is ongoing sexual abuse because it can be very difficult to discover and prove, especially if a resident is not able to communicate well or has cognitive disorders.


What is Sexual Abuse in an Oregon Nursing Home?


Sexual abuse in an Oregon nursing home or assisted living facility is any sexual conduct which is not appropriate, acceptable, or consentable.  Sexual conduct is broad and can include everything from inappropriate touching to even kissing, or of course other conduct we would normally associate with sexual contact.  The truth is, sexual abuse that occurs in a nursing home is almost always without consent in a resident-staff situation—even if the resident agrees to the conduct.  This is because the staff member is in a position of power and authority which is generally going to result in an unconsentable situation.


Sexual abuse in a nursing home can also be between residents.  This can be even harder for staff members to monitor and prevent, especially because the victim may be unable to defend himself or herself.


Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse in a Nursing Home


There are many warning signs of sexual abuse in a nursing home that a staff member or family member needs to be aware of to protect the rights of a resident.  Many of these signs are NOT readily observable and cannot be discovered without an investigation or good detective work.  This is why it is important for family members to know these warnings signs because they know their loved one so well and can pick up on subtle changes.  Some of the most common warnings signs that our Oregon nursing home abuse lawyer wants everything to know include the following:


  • Social withdrawal 
  • Bite marks
  • New diagnosis of an STD
  • Injuries near the genitals or private areas
  • Injuries or marks to the inner thigh or areas which are commonly clothed
  • Blood in underwear 
  • Torn clothing
  • Hip injuries or upper leg injuries
  • Mood signs including aggression or agitation 
  • Anxiety, panic, or fear
  • Elopement attempts or trying to run away
  • Complaints
  • Fear for certain caretakers 
  • Aggression towards certain residents
  • Unexplained bruises, cuts, or injuries
  • Suicide attempts, and
  • Many other serious instances or conduct that is abnormal.

Call our Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer for Any Possible Claims of Sexual Abuse


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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