My mom lives in a Louisville nursing home. During my visits with her, I’ve noticed that she acts nervous and agitated when she is around one of the other residents—a man. She won’t talk about him, but I suspect she is being harassed in some way by the man. He always seems to be watching her. Exactly what constitutes sexual abuse?

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According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), sexual abuse in the nursing home is any type of non-consensual sexual contact with a resident, including sexual contact with someone who is incapable of consenting. Sexual abuse includes the following:

  • unwanted touching;
  • all types of sexual assault or battery, such as rape and sodomy;
  • coerced nudity; and
  • sexually explicit photographing.

If your mother won’t divulge the reason for her discomfort around this man, you may need to do some detective work. Talk to the caregivers who regularly take care of your mother and see what they have to say about the man. Speak to your mother’s physician. Tell him your concerns, and ask him or her to examine your mother.

Symptoms of sexual abuse include

  • bruises on the breasts or in the genital area;
  • unexplained venereal disease;
  • unexplained genital infections; and
  • underwear that is ripped or bloody.

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