CNN Story Reveals Horrific Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes
On February 22, 2017, CNN released a series of disturbing stories about sexual abuse in nursing homes. The main story, Sick, Dying and Raped in America’s Nursing Homes, describes shocking cases of abuse throughout the nation and tells how residents are commonly disbelieved and neglected when they report sexual assaults. A video report, Rape in America’s nursing homes, takes an in-depth look at a nursing home rape investigation. Another story follows the investigation of a serial rapist in a North Carolina nursing home. The daughter of a rape survivor penned a wrenching essay about her family’s experience. Together, the reports describe a complete breakdown of the systems that are supposed to protect nursing home residents from sexual abuse. While difficult to read and watch, the stories bring sexual abuse in long-term care settings into the light of public discourse. No one should have to live in fear of sexual abuse.