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Elderly Sexual Abuse

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Transcript of Elderly Sexual Abuse

Elderly Sexual Abuse
Abuse Hotline: 1-800-962-2873
Elderly Sexual Abuse is one if not the most under reported crimes being committed within the Criminal Justice System today, and it is mostly due it being sensitive in nature.
Annually 2-3 million Elderly Americans over age 65 experience some type of injury, exploitation , or mistreatment by a person put in charge of their care (NCEA, 2005).
Female victims and male offenders (Payne, 2010)
Estimated that 787,000 rapes that occurred approximately 3% happen against victims over age 50 (Perkins, 2007)
National Center on Elderly Abuse (NCEA)
Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
Department of Human Services (DHS)
Civil Action Suits
Nationwide Database for Statistics
Criminal Justice Programs
Mandatory Reporting
Protective Services
Triad Programs
Elderly Sexual Abuse is when an elderly
person is forced to engage in non consensual
sex by an offender. Entails exposure of
pornographic material to elder, physical
sexual acts, and forcing the elderly
individual to undress
(Reddington & Kreisel, 2009)

Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult

and Protection Act
Physical Indicators
Torn, stained or bloody underclothing
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Painful urination and/or defecation
Physical evidence of pornography or prostitution
Difficulty walking or sitting due to anal/genital pain
Sentencing Laws
Behavorial Indicators
Inappropriate, unusual or aggressive behavior or curiosity about sexual matters
Fecal Soiling
Depression or poor self-esteem
Fears, phobias, compulsive behavior
Regressive behaviors (bed wetting, or thumb sucking)
No, the help that is being currently afforded to elderly sexual abuse victims is not adequate. For the Criminal Justice System does not take responsibility for this "hidden" crime. There are some resources available, but more are needed.
Definition of
Elderly Sexual Abuse
Discuss Process, Procedures and Laws which are in place to protect this group.
Resources Currently available.
Most Under reported crime "hidden"
Unenforced Laws leads to no fear of Sanctions.
Civil Action Suits and Reporting Database
Criminal Justice System needs to take a more Proactive role.
Bergeran, L.R. (1989). Elder Abuse Prevention: A Holistic Approach. In R.
Filinson & S. Ingman, (eds.), Elder Abuse: Practice and Policy (pp.218-228).
New York: Human Services Press.

Cantrell, B. (1994). Triad: Reducing Criminal Victimization of the Elderly. FBI
Law Enforcement Bulletin, 19-23.

Payne, B.K. (2010). Understanding Elder Sexual Abuse and the Criminal Justice
Systems's Response: Comparison's to Elder Physical Abuse, Justice
Quarterly, 27:2, 206-224, DOI: 1080/07418820902763087.

Perkins, C. (1997). Age Patterns of Victims Crime. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Report. U.S. Department of Justice. NCJ- 162031.

Reddington, F.P, & Wright Kreisel, B. (2009). Sexual Assault: The Victims, the
Perpetrators and the Criminal Justice System. (2nd ed). Carolina Academic
Press; Durham North Carolina.

Protocol for Law Enforcement: Responding to Victims of Elderly Abuse, Neglect
and Exploitation. Illinois Department on Aging. (2011). Retrieved January 22,
from http://www.state.il.us/aging/lnews_pubs/publication/ea_lawenforcement

Elder Justice Act. Retrieved January 12, 2014 from:

Video- Retrieved January 23, 2014 from:

Video- Elderly Stroke Victim Sexually Abused by Caretakers. Retrieved January
23, 2014 from:
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