formerly known as the Sexual Assault Program

Crisis Line
Elderly Victims of Sexual Assault

Common Misconceptions
  • Only young people get raped
    • Anyone can be a victim regardless of age or race. Older people can be victims
  • Long term care facilities are safer for older adults than living on their own
    • Some perpetrators of sexual assault are the caregivers in a Care Facility

Ageism and Stereotypes

  • Ageism is when people are discriminated against because of their age. Agesim can effect the quality of services given to elderly victims of sexual assault.
  • It is widely believed that an older adult is physically weak, emotionally distressed and incompetent. They will be viewed by a perpetrator as an easy victim

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