Last month, CNN published an in-depth investigation into what we in the elder abuse bar have known for years: “Vulnerable seniors are being raped and sexually abused by the very people paid to care for” and that this “this little-discussed issue is more widespread than anyone would imagine.” CNN’s reporters found that, by and large, “nursing homes and the government officials who oversee them are doing little — or nothing — to stop it.”
Again, as attorneys who have spent years fighting as advocates on behalf of elder abuse victims, the CNN story confirmed what we already knew, but the hope was that this reporting would shine a broader light on the subject and spur much needed enforcement on the part of regulators as well as internal enforcement on the part of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Instead what has happened is that our elected leaders appear poised to take action to protect not the sexually abused seniors highlighted by CNN’s reporting but rather the organizations whose oversight and negligence has allowed this epidemic of rape and other forms of sexual assault on the elderly to proliferate.
Why HR 1215 Is Good For Corporations, Terrible For Elder Abuse Victims
Two days after CNN published its investigation, Rep. Steve King of Iowa introduced HR 1215 into the House of Representatives. Among other things, the bill would limit the legal liability of medical caregivers for the physical and sexual abuse inflicted on elderly patients and residents by employees.
The result of this limitation of liability would be that victims would be severely limited in their ability to hold sexual abusers accountable for their actions as the costs of doing so would, in many cases, outweigh any potential returns. And because health care corporations would no longer have to worry about elder abuse victims and their families from bringing actions to recover for their devastating losses, those corporations can continue to act negligently in hiring unfit employees and in preventing those employees from physically and sexually abusing defenseless elderly residents and patients. As such, abusive actions will only be encouraged by the passage of HR 1215.
Take Action to Fight Back Against HR 1215 Today
You can take action to prevent this catastrophic result from occurring by contacting your elected representatives to let them know that you stand with victims of elderly abuse and do not want to see large corporations profit off of abuse of the elderly.
Contact your federal representatives to voice your dissent against HR 1215 by taking one of the following actions:
- Send a letter to Congress with this easy, online form
- Contact your local US representative by phone: www.house.gov/representatives/find
- Contact Senator Kamala Harris at (202) 224-3553 and Senator Diane Feinstein at (202) 224-3841
Contact Johnson Moore Today
At Johnson Moore, we know full well that elder abuse victims and their families often face stonewalling, denial, and even intimidation when they try to take action against elder abuse. Our attorneys are compassionate and determined defenders of the elderly, and we will take the time to fully understand your concerns and assess what steps we can take on your behalf. Even if you are unsure of whether you have a valid claim, we look forward to hearing from you to help you explore your options for obtaining the justice you deserve. Contact Johnson Moore today to schedule a free consultation.