Surviving Rape or Sexual Violence

Elder Sexual Abuse

As victims, the elderly often suffer in silence with overwhelming feelings of shame and embarrassment, or fear of what will happen to them if they report the abuse.

Elder sexual abuse occurs when a person over 60 is forced, tricked, coerced or manipulated into any unwanted sexual contact. It also includes sexual contact with anyone who is unable to give her/his informed consent.

As victims, the elderly often suffer in silence with overwhelming feelings of shame and embarrassment, or fear of what will happen to them if they report it.

What are the signs of abuse?

  • Bruises around the breasts or genital area
  • STD’s/Genital infections
  • Unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding
  • Sudden changes in behavior

Keep in mind that sexual abuse may be one element of the abuse. If you see any of these signs, or suspect abuse, seek medical attention for the victim and call PAAR at 1-866-END-RAPE (1-866-363-7273).

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