I remember it as if it were yesterday.
In a hospital lunch hour of 2010, I read a report in the Chicago Tribune about sexual violence in Chicago nursing homes.
Allegations of rape were reported in a quarter of the city’s nursing homes.
Only one of those cases resulted in an arrest.
No police reports were filed in connection with at least nine alleged sexual attacks.
The Tribune report told of the ‘terror endured by elderly and disabled women in some city nursing facilities where predatory males troll through common areas and unlocked bedrooms with little supervision’.
The predatory males were almost all fellow residents, younger than their victims, as Illinois houses younger psychiatric patients with violent criminal records in nursing homes with predominantly elderly residents. A bums on beds approach, driven by economics, which will inevitably be introduced in State funded nursing facilities in the UK.
In one home a a 61-year-old woman said she was so scared that all she could beg was ‘No, no, no, please’.
In another home, a raped female resident was was admitted to hospital with a swollen black eye, a broken nose, and human bite marks.
No questioning of why there was not enough staff to make for a safer environment.
No questioning of why for-profit nursing homes resist installing cameras on the pretence of human rights.
Can you honestly imagine that such abuse in not occurring in the UK?
Can you honestly imagine that the full extent of sexual abuse is not a regular feature of some nursing homes? – which includes any non-consensual sexual behavior forced on one person by another, include rape, kissing, fondling, voyeurism, exposure to pornography, or any sexually charged verbal act that is forced on confused residents by those attracted to a ‘honey pot’ of the vulnerable.
The perpetrators do not have criminal records simply because they have not been dicovered committing their abuse.
They are successful abusers who stalk understaffed nursing homes, which have no cameras, no microphones to listen to the cries of ‘No, no, no, please’.