ARTICLES / General / Is It Elder Abuse? /
By Hilary Wright, Staff Writer
As much as people donít want to think
about it, sexual abuse does occur among the elderly.
Itís considered sexual abuse when something happens
either without their consent or when an elderly person
is incapable of making such a decision on their own.
Physical signs of sexual abuse may include:
Some older people may report sexual
assault, while others may withdraw from family and
friends, flinch at certain quick movements, or be
frightened by the opposite gender. The abuser will
usually have a story that will not match the physical or
emotional evidence noted by family members, and they
will generally not allow family or friends into the home
or to be around the abused person alone.
Not all abuse can be seen with the naked eye. Thereís
also emotional and psychological abuse that occurs when
a person is demeaning and dehumanizing to another
person. Psychological and emotional abuse can also make
someone withdraw into depression or even deny that
anything bad is actually taking place. You may catch the
abuser talking down to the person, calling them hurtful
names, and begin to withdraw the elder from visiting
with family and friends.