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About adult abuse & neglect

What is abuse?

Sexual Abuse:

Sexual abuse is any kind of sexual behaviour directed towards an older adult without the person's full knowledge and consent. It includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, and rape. Sexual abuse can happen to mentally capable adults by their spouse, partner, a family member or trusted people in their lives. It can also happen to mentally incapable adults.

Sexual abuse is different than physical abuse. It has both a physical and psychological component, and its purpose is often to exert power and control over the adult or to demean the person.

If you recognize any of these indicators that are unexplained by the adult then you need to ACT! Report Abuse, Neglect and Self-Neglect.

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