We have always known that sexual assault in nursing homes was an under-reported crime. Sexual assault in general isn’t reported nearly as often as it occurs, for a myriad of reasons, and abuse that occurs in nursing homes is even more hidden because victims often cannot explain what happened or even identify their attacker. But of course, this is part of the reason why it’s so pervasive.
CNN Investigations recently launched an in-depth analysis, combing through thousands of reports and interviewing families, regulators, and nursing home administrators.
It was firstly noted that there have been 16,000 complaints of sexual assault or sexual abuse lodged against long-term care facilities (nursing homes and assisted living facilities) since 2000. But even federal regulators have known this figure doesn’t capture all of the complaints. It only involves those wherein a state’s long-term care ombudsman got involved. It also doesn’t factor in the reality that most assaults aren’t reported at all.