Rape of 98-year-old sparks row in Australian nursing homes
The repeated rape of a 98-year-old woman in an Australian nursing home have led to calls for mandatory reporting of abuse in aged care institutions.Updated: Feb 21, 2006 13:40 IST
The repeated rape of a 98-year-old woman at an Australian nursing home has prompted calls for the introduction of mandatory reporting of abuse in aged care institutions.
The woman, who was suffering from dementia, was raped three times in a nursing home in Victoria state. It is being said that other residents at the Home were also sexually abused by the same male staff member.
Carers at another Victorian nursing home have said that elderly dementia patients were regularly drugged and humiliated to make them more manageable, but these claims were denied by the state health department.
Relatives of the rape victim have said they are angry that a staff member had witnessed an assault and not reported it for two months.
"We want to know why it happened more than once with our gran, we want to know why it happened in a sustained way across a number of other residents," one of the woman's granddaughters said.
Founder of the Australian Elder Abuse Prevention Association Lillian Jeter said mandatory reporting must be adopted to deal with some 80,000 cases of abuse against seniors in homes and the community each year.
"There are no reporting mechanisms at all. Who do you call? There's no entity to actually receive the call, like child protective services," Jeter added.
First Published: Feb 21, 2006 13:40 IST