Friday, April 24, 2015

Nursing Home Abuse Guide Presented by Paul and Perkins PA

Elder Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse in Nursing HomesElder sexual abuse is understudied and rarely understood. Victims of elder sexual abuse frequently have medical conditions that cause memory loss, confusion, or problems with communication. Elder sexual abuse is an aspect of elder maltreatment that can involve multiple forms of abuse. It can include types of elder physical abuse and emotional abuse. Furthermore, it can be difficult to seek justice for elder sexual abuse.
Elder sexual abuse is defined as any unwanted sexual conduct against a person over the age of 60. The elder sexual abuse may cause harm by tricking, manipulating, or coercing the elder person into undesired sexual contact. This includes sexual contact with an elderly person that is unable to communicate consent or disapproval.

NIJ Sexual Abuse Study

Studies conducted by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) found that the older the victim was, the less likely it was for the sexual offender to actually be convicted. The same NIJ study found that elder sexual abuse victims were less likely to be believed if there weren’t any signs of physical trauma. Lastly, elder sexual abuse victims living in nursing homes were the least likely to achieve a conviction for their perpetrators.

Elder Sexual Abuse Offenders

Elder sexual abuse research is limited. Research is made more complicated by the fact that many elder sexual abuse victims are unable to communicate the elder maltreatment. Cases of elder sexual abuse have occurred involving nursing home assistants, live-in nurses, friends, family members, or any other type of care provider that is trusted to be alone with the elderly patient.

Where Does Elder Sexual Abuse Happen?

According to the National Elder Abuse Incidence Study of 1998, approximately 67% of elder sexual abusers were family members. Another study, published in the Journal of Abuse in 2000, estimated 12.2% of elder sexual abuse victims were assaulted within their own home. Approximately 14.6% of elder sexual abuse victims were assaulted in the sexual offender’s home. The largest percentage of elder sexual abuse, around 70.7% of cases, occurred within nursing homes.
Signs of Elder Sexual Abuse
Indicators of elder sexual abuse can be both physical and behavioral, including:
  •       New emergence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  •       New difficulty sitting or walking
  •       Pelvic injury
  •       Bruises on inner thighs or around the genital area
  •       Anal or genital pain, bleeding, or irritation
  •       Bloody, torn, or stained undergarments
  •       Extreme agitation
  •       Withdrawal from social interactions
  •       Panic attacks, or emerging post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms
  •       Inappropriate, aggressive, or unusual sexual behavior
  •       Inappropriate or unusual behavior, appearing as a sex-role relationship, between the victim and the elder sexual abuse suspect
  •       Suicide attempts
Elder Sexual Abuse Statistics
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) is one of the most active organizations investigating all forms of sexual abuse. PCAR offers approximately 50 rape crisis centers across the state of Pennsylvania. The organization supplies the public with some of the most detailed research in the United States that focuses on elder sexual abuse.
Through their continued research, PCAR discovered the following statistics regarding elder sexual abuse:
-      Only about 30% of all elder sexual abuse victims, over the age of 65, report their abusers to the police.
-      Females are 6 times more likely than males to experience elder sexual abuse.
-      The majority of elder sexual abuse victims, roughly 83.3%, live in nursing homes or adult care facilities.
-      While 83.3% of elder sexual abuse victims live in some form of institutional care facility, 26.8% of those victims experienced the actual act of sexual abuse within a family home or the perpetrator’s home.
-      Approximately 76.2% of elder sexual abuse cases have at least one witness.
-      In 81% of elder sexual abuse cases, the perpetrator was the actual caregiver to the elderly person.

Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes

If elder sexual abuse is suspected, it is important to contact a government official for further investigation. As with elder emotional abuse, elder sexual abuse victims will be assigned a government-affiliated caregiver to investigate the accusations. The state-assigned caregiver will ask the elderly person a series of questions providing insight on their relationships, mental stability, and current living environment. If elder sexual abuse is identified, patients will be relocated to another home environment and treated with medication or counseling.

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Male on male sexual assault in the military: Overlooked and hard to fix, investigation finds

March 20

March 20

Here’s a scenario: A male U.S. service member is hanging out with others from his unit at a barbecue when he realizes he has had too much alcohol to drink. He’s taken back to his barracks to sleep it off, but wakes up several hours later to be “teabagged” — with another man putting his scrotum on his face.
That notional situation was sketched out by officials with the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, in survey interviews with 122 American male service members across the country. Forty-eight of them — more than a third — said they have heard about something like that happening, the GAO said in investigative findings released Thursday. Thirty-four service members — more than a quarter — interviewed believed the scenario happens occasionally (21), sometimes (nine) or regularly (four), the new GAO report said.
The new report adds to the growing conversation about sexual assault in the military, which senior military officials and the White House have both said repeatedly needs to addressed. But the GAO focused this time on an angle that is less commonly discussed: sexual assaults by men on men.
The investigation found that while the Defense Department has made a number of changes in an attempt to reduce sexual assault in the military, the number of people who report sexual assault is about 40 percent for women, and 13 percent for men. The statistics don’t apply only to rape, but to a variety of activities that can be considered hazing, in which someone is initiated into a group through humiliation or abuse.
GAO investigators who traveled to Camp Pendleton, Calif.; Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.; Fort Bliss, Tex.; and Norfolk Naval Base, Va.; found that although both hazing and sexual assault are against the law in the military, both continue to occur, and some of the incidents should be considered both.
“For example, victim advocates and prosecutors at one installation described a series of escalating incidents that began with hitting the victim in the crotch, then throwing objects at the victim’s crotch, and ultimately then saying the hazing would stop if the victim performed oral sex on the assailants,” the report said. “These service officials added that training on hazing-type activities and their relationship to sexual assault would be particularly beneficial to males in that it might lead to increased reporting and fewer inappropriate incidents. However, they stated that they have not seen this addressed in the training.”
Of the 122 men interviewed by the GAO, 87 said they believe other male service members may have reservations about reporting unwanted sexual contact. The most common reason was fear of being judged, especially if it led to questions about their masculinity or sexual orientation, the GAO said.
“For example, one male victim said that military culture encourages men to see themselves as dominant males and leaders, and that being sexually assaulted makes you feel like you are less than a man, helpless and weak, and stated that he had previously seen other sexual assault victims be treated badly after reporting an assault,” the report said.
GQ magazine took on the issue in a long-form article last year that drew widespread attention. In most cases, the male victims they interviewed said they didn’t report attacks because of an overriding sense of shame about what had occurred.
The GAO raised questions about whether altering sexual assault training in the military — and consequently, the conversation about sexual assault — would help.
Sexual assault prevention officials in the military acknowledge that they focus the majority of their programs on women because the overwhelming majority of those filing reports are female and they are at greater risk of being attacked, the GAO said.
But changes are coming. Last spring, then-Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed the services to put in place programs to encourage male sexual assault victims to seek care. The Marine Corps hosted an inter-service meeting to discuss the problem in September, and the services provided plans to address it to the Pentagon in January. The Defense Department is currently reviewing them, the GAO said.


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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Meth Tweaker – the boogie man is real

What does a meth tweaker look like? What does a meth tweaker act like? A meth tweaker is a heavy meth abuser who hasn’t slept for days.  Tweakers can go as long as 15 days without sleep. Their behavior is highly unpredictable and frequently violent.


Here are some common signs of someone addicted to meth:

Eyes - The eyes of someone high on meth will move 10 times faster than normal and may even roll back. If they are also using alcohol, their eyes may jerk side to side or look out of the corners of their eyes. If you smell alcohol on their breath, be extremely careful around them, even if they don’t appear to be drunk.

Speech – A meth tweaker’s speech will be quick and their voice will quiver slightly.

Thought process – Paranoid thoughts that someone is out to hurt them, arrest them, steal from them, etc dominate their thinking. Delusional thoughts and hallucinations further distort their thought processes and will cause them to see people and things as something other than what they really are. They may think cows standing in a field are DEA agents watching their house, for example.

Sex drive and self control- Meth increases a meth abuser’s sex drive and removes inhibitions. As a result, meth users often engage in risky behaviors without giving any thought about the consequences of their actions. Their risk taking behavior increases when they use alcohol.  Unprotected sex is common among meth users in the gay and heterosexual communities, increasing their risk of contracting HIV and AIDS.

Body Language – Meth tweakers move quickly and will have exaggerated movements.

Behaviors – Meth tweakers  are easily angered, paranoid, and violent. Their lack of self-control and irritability makes them extremely dangers to others, especially law enforcement officers.  The use of alcohol increases their unpredictable and violent behavior.

Home Life – Domestic disputes are common for tweakers. Spouses, children, and pets are continually become the targets of a tweaker’s anger and lack of self control. Those living with a tweaker are at risk of sexual abuse, physical harm, and emotional abuse.
Children of heavy meth abusers are neglected. While meth abusing parents sleep, children are left to take care of themselves and one another. Many children of meth abusers miss school. Food is often lacking in the home of a meth abuser, as well. The stimulant effect of meth use keeps the user from feeling hungry. They will forget that children still need to eat, bathe, have clean clothes to wear, for example.
Meth abusers, especially meth lab cooks, will often have guard dogs. Dogs are often underfed and are tied up to porches or chained up somewhere in the yard, so they can alert them if a stranger comes too close to the house.
Guns are commonly found in the homes of meth abusers, who are always worried that someone is out to get them.

Driving  Habits – Hallucinations and paranoid thoughts increase the odds that a tweaker will become involved in a traffic accident. Getting involved in a traffic accident with someone who is high on meth is an extremely dangerous situation. If you should get in to an accident with a tweaker,  keep in mind that they may have a loaded gun.  Furthermore, paranoia and fear of the police can push them to take actions without regard for their safety or anyone else’s – including yours.
Criminal activity- Heavy meth users are typically involved in crimes that help them support their meth habit.  Crimes involving theft are common. Money, jewelry, iPods, laptop computers, cell phones, cars, and other valuables stolen from homes can be turned in to quick cash or used as a bartering tool with a meth dealer. The theft of electronic items is common, as is the theft of mail from mail boxes.  Stolen mail ultimately leads to identity theft. .
PLAY IT SAFE-If you come in to contact with a meth tweaker, knowing what to do can save your life. Here are some great tips by that may help keep you safe!
1. Keep a 7-10 ft. distance. Coming too close can be perceived as threatening.
2. Do not shine bright lights at him. The tweaker is already paranoid and if blinded by a bright light he is likely to run or become violent.
3. Slow your speech and lower the pitch of your voice. A tweaker already hears sounds at a fast pace and in a high pitch.
4. Slow your movements. This will decrease the odds that the tweaker will misinterpret your physical actions.
5. Keep your hands visible. If you place your hands where the tweaker cannot see them, he might feel threatened and could become violent.
6. Keep the tweaker talking. A tweaker who falls silent can be extremely dangerous. Silence often means that his paranoid thoughts have taken over reality, and anyone present can become part of the tweaker’s paranoid delusions.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mom loses 5 kids over sex party with daughter's friends

Michael Winter, USA TODAY 6:28 p.m. EDT April 16, 2015

  A Georgia mother has lost custody of her five children after police say she hosted a sex party for her 16-year-old daughter with alcohol, drugs, a hot tub and a naked game of Twister. VPC

A 35-year-old Georgia mother has lost custody of her five children after being arrested for allegedly hosting a party for her teenage daughter and partaking of booze, pot, sex, a hot tub and naked Twister.
Rachel Lehnardt was charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for the party at her home in Evans, an Augusta suburb. She was arrested Monday after her new Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor alerted the Columbia County Sheriff's Office on Saturday following a meeting with Lehnardt, according to the investigation report.
The sponsor said Lehnardt, who is divorcing her husband, an Iraq war veteran, told her she had lost custody of the children — ages 4, 6, 8, 10 and 16 — at an emergency hearing April 6 after he learned about the recent party. The sheriff's report did not indicate when it occurred.
The children were with their father one night when the 16-year-old daughter texted her mother to ask if she and some friends could come over "to party," according to the sponsor's account.
"Come on, let's party," Lehnardt replied.
The teens drank alcohol and smoked marijuana, Lehnardt said she joined them playing naked Twister, her sponsor told investigators. She then had sex in the bathroom with an 18-year-old boy, the report said.
The sponsor said Lenhardt later recounted waking up at 3:30 a.m. to discover her daughter's 16-year-old boyfriend having sex with her.
He is not facing charges because "there is no evidence of rape" because Lehnardt "refuses to discuss the case," Capt. Steve Morris told the New York Daily News.
Lehnardt, who works in an Augusta bridal shop, had been attending a sexual-addiction workshop at her local Mormon church, the sponsor added.
She was released after posting a $3,200 bond.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Alleged gang rape on crowded beach is 'not the first,' sheriff says

Updated 4:12 PM ET, Tue April 14, 2015

(CNN)A young woman was watching a video in the news when she discovered a nightmare scenario: She may have been drugged and gang-raped on a crowded Florida beach in broad daylight, as bystanders watched.
And it's not the first time this has happened to a young woman in Panama City Beach, authorities say.
The alleged victim's face can't be seen in the video, and parts of it were blurred. But she recognized her tattoos and contacted authorities.
Four young men carried out the assault, authorities say. Two have been arrested, and two remain unidentified.
Within feet of where the attack was happening, "There's hundreds, hundreds of people standing there -- watching, looking, seeing, hearing what's going on," said Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen.
"And yet our culture and our society and our young people have got to the point where obviously this is acceptable somewhere. I will tell you it is not acceptable in Bay County."
Ryan Calhoun, left, and Delonte Martistee were arrested in connection with an alleged gang rape in Panama City, Florida.
Authorities plan to interview the victim and show her the full video to see whether she knows the attackers and can help identify the two at large, said Ruth Corley, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.
The victim plans to press charges, Corley said. Investigators plan to meet with her this week.

'Strong possibility she was drugged'

After interviewing witnesses, Bay County investigators determined the alleged rape took place between March 10 and March 12, behind Spinnaker Beach Club, a popular bar and dance club for spring breakers.
She "does not remember the assault at all," Corley said. "She remembers taking a drink from a CamelBak and there is a strong possibility she was drugged." (CamelBak sells various products for transporting liquid for hydration.)
She was visiting Panama City Beach at the time of the assault, and is now home, authorities said.
Ryan Calhoun and Delonte Martistee were arrested and charged with sexual battery by multiple perpetrators, the sheriff's office said. Calhoun was released Saturday after posting $50,000 bond; Martistee remains in Bay County Jail, a county deputy said.
Troy University said the two are current students and have been "placed on temporary suspension from school per the university's standards of conduct and disciplinary procedures. Martistee, a member of the track and field team, has also been removed from the team."
Martistee is represented by a public defender. Calhoun's legal representation is unclear. No public statement has been made on either's behalf.

Video shows attackers pushing victim's legs down, authorities say

The Troy, Alabama, Police Department found the video during the course of an investigation into an unrelated shooting, and turned it over to the Bay County Sheriff's Office.
The video shows the suspects pushing the victim's hand aside and holding her legs down, Corley said. "You can see in the video there are people two feet away. They were assaulting her and we believe the people around her knew she was being assaulted."
The suspects can be heard commenting about what they are doing to her, Corley said.
Authorities have three sworn statements from witnesses stating that the assult happened, Corley said.
The sheriff's office released part of the video to local TV stations, which blurred part of it before airing. CNN is showing a portion of what was released.

'This is not the first time'

The attack was not an isolated incident, authorities say.
While the video is "one of the most disgusting, repulsive, sickening things that I've seen this year on Panama City Beach," it's not an isolated incident, said McKeithen.
"This is not the first video we've recovered. It's not the second video. It's not the third video. There's a number of videos we've recovered with things similar to this. and I can only imagine how many things we haven't recovered."
Corley said that through social media, "we have been able to find video of girls, incoherent and passed out, and almost like they are drugged, being assaulted on the beaches of Panama City in front of a bunch of people standing around."
McKeithen said he is being more and more aggressive in trying to stop the assaults.
"I have asked for help and I have asked for changes" for more than two years, he said. "People talk, and people promise, and nothing gets done."
A recent county ordinance stated that "the overpopulation of College spring Break and the violence and disrespect for law and order which now are accompanying College Spring Break have overwhelmed the valiant efforts of law enforcement to protect the community and the spring breakers themselves," and that additional restrictions were needed immediately "to help address the dangers being observed."
The ordinance, among other measures, temporarily prohibited possession and consumption of alcohol on the beach from March 1 until April 18 -- covering the most popular spring break periods.
McKeithen vowed to keep fighting for tough measures.
"I will not back off of people under 21 not being allowed in a bar. I will not back off of it until somebody fixes and does their part to fix this problem."