OVER 70 SEX ATTACKS IN CARE HOMES REPORTED
- 20 Sep
"More than 70 alleged sex offences in NI adult care, nursing and residential homes have been reported to the PSNI over the last three years", according to the BBC
Most of these homes cater to the elderly, aged 65 and older and most of the crimes reported were physical sex assaults, including several alleged rapes.
These were the findings after the BBC submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request to all police forces of which 80% replied:
- Over 2000 reported sex crimes in UK care homes
- Some of the victims had either Alzheimer's disease or dementia, hence lacked mental capacity
- Alleged perpetrators were not identified but experts say they may be other residents or care home employees
- There are over 450 nursing and residential homes in Northern Ireland catering for up to 16,000 elderly people
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