Assisted Living and Nursing Home Institutions
Residents of nursing homes and other assisted living institutions are often vulnerable to sexual abuse due to health conditions that impair their physical and mental capabilities, as well as social, economic, family involvement, and other factors. Sexual assaults are alarmingly unreported in nursing homes and assisted living institutions because many victims cannot adequately document and discuss the abuse. Signs of sexual abuse may include unexplained bruises or marks on the body, fearful or intimidated attitude, or abnormal behavior. Frequent visits from friends and family can be key to detecting these warning signs. However, the ultimate burden of protection falls on the facility itself. Assisted living institutions have the responsibility to create and implement proper training and policy to keep residents safe. If they fail to do so, the institution may be liable for the assault of residents by staff and employees.
With allegations of institutional sexual assault by clergy members making headlines all over the country, there is undoubtedly a serious issue of abuse occurring within religious institutions. Sexual abuse frequently occurs in religious schools, orphanages, and missions, churches, temples, mosques, presbyteries, and rectories, confessionals, as well as various other secular settings. This long-standing problem has been consistently shrouded in secrecy, cover-up, and lack of accountability. Contributing to this problem further is the rigid structure of religious institutions, inefficient internal control, and various belief conflicts.
Anyone who grew up as a member of a religious institution knows that it takes a tremendous amount of courage for a victim to come forward. Many victims worry their religious institution will cast them out or they’ll face negative repercussions from their allegations. These victims need to understand their right to be free from harm. This problem is finally gaining national attention and many religious institutions and society, in general, understand this right. In addition to increased media attention, as well as an academic interest, community initiatives and advocacy groups have formed to assist victims of clergy sexual abuse.
Those who’ve experienced sexual abuse in a religious institution should seek support from family, friends, and community organizations. It’s your right to come forward, share your experience, and help prevent these injustices from occurring in the future.
Institutional Sexual Abuse Lawyers
If you’ve experienced institutional sexual assault of any kind, you’re likely feeling alone, vulnerable, and overwhelmed. But you have the right to your own safety and well-being. And when someone takes that away from you due to the failures of an institution or organization, it’s also your right to pursue civil damages and compensation.
The institutional sexual abuse lawyers at Sinas Dramis Law Firm have experience handling these complicated and complex cases. With an approach that focuses on the overall well-being of our clients, you will feel heard and understood when you contact us. You can continue pursuing your life to the fullest while we passionately seek legal remedies for the abuse you’ve experienced.
You can call our office at 866.758.0031 or submit an online form.