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Seniors Face Looming Dangers Of Sexual Assault In Nursing Homes [VIDEO]

Update Date: Mar 21, 2017 07:10 AM EDT

Elderly who are placed in nursing homes are facing the possible dangers of being attacked by a sexual predator. An investigation surfaced that more than 1000 nursing homes mishandled their residents.

A disturbing fact surfaced as reports emerged that some nursing home residents suffer from sexual abuse. Rape cases continually pile up with as the victims were not able to garner the justice they deserve, according to the CNN.

It was previously reported that thousands of those who reside in nursing homes are easy prey for sexual predators. While some suffer from depression, there are those who died without getting the justice they deserve.

The National Association of Health Care Assistants committed to providing assistance in the investigation of the elderly residing in nursing homes after hearing CNN's plea. The organization said they will be making sure that the nursing assistants would be keen in spotting sexual abusers.

"We have been advocating for quality care for more than four decades, yet the findings of the CNN investigation are among the most shocking and frightening we have ever encountered," Lori Smetanka, executive director of the nonprofit group Consumer Voice, said. "The sexual abuse of defenseless, vulnerable residents who can't remove themselves from harm, often can't communicate what has happened, and are frequently not believed even when they do, is reprehensible."

A legislation is already considering a potential solution that can help stop sexual assault. There are those pledges to put up surveillance cameras on the premises of the nursing homes. Some establishments, meanwhile, committed to train and screen their workers.

Despite the movements being done to alleviate the issue of sexual abuse among nursing homes was made which made things harder. The legislation made it hard for the nursing homes to be held liable if the assault took place on their premises.

The bill is said to limit the legal liability of the nursing homes among doctors, health care providers, and other medical facilities. The limitations are said to be imposed due to the cutting of the health care costs.

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