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Sexual Abuse Happens in Healthcare Facilities—What Can Be Done To Prevent It?

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Adult Protective Services (APS) workers were interviewed regarding investigating reported sexual abuse of healthcare facility residents. Authorities in five states provided data on cases of facility sexual abuse investigated over six-months. Data were collected and analyzed regarding 429 cases. Workers assigned to 15 percent of the cases were interviewed about conducting facility investigations and their decision-making processes. Findings demonstrate that lack of investigator training and resources has deleterious consequences on resident safety; facility response to resident sexual assault ranges from poor to excellent and has profound consequences on residents; and enhanced law enforcement involvement is needed.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2012

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