The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has released the their latest resource focusing on working with survivors of sexual violence in later life. The publication, “Sexual Violence in Later Life: A Technical Assistance Guide for Advocates”, contains information and resources that could be of assistance to advocates in the field.
People in later life, as with other under-served communities, are at higher risks of sexual violence because or their vulnerability and dependence on others. Considered a form of Elder Abuse, people in later life are likely to fall victims to those who are charged with caring for them, family members, resident care givers, institutional care givers and intimate partners. People in later life are also vulnerable because many may suffer with issues of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other cognitive and physical ailments, which can make it difficult for them to report the abuse or for health care providers to identify the signs of sexual abuse.
To read more about sexual violence in later life and resources available for advocates, you can download the publication here. You can also visit the NSVRC website here for more information.