Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse is any behaviour of a sexual nature, done to an older person without their consent. This includes physical interactions and non-contact acts of a sexual nature.

Sexual abuse is any behaviour of a sexual nature, done to an older person without their consent.  This includes physical interactions and non-contact acts of a sexual nature.

1% of older people reported experiencing this form of abuse in the last 12 months.1

It may be:

  • Non-consensual sexual contact, language, or behaviour

  • Enforced nudity

  • Cleaning or treating the older person’s genital area roughly or inappropriately

  • Unwanted exposure to pornographic material

  • Any behaviour that makes an older person feel uncomfortable about their body, gender, or sexual identity

More older women reported sexual abuse than men in the last 12 months as noted in the National Elder Abuse Prevalence Study.2

The most frequently reported form of sexual abuse was being spoken to in a sexual way when this was unwelcome (76.5%).3 Nearly a third of the sexual abuse reported consisted of being touched in a sexual way against the participant’s will (32.2%), while forced sexual acts accounted for 15.9%.4

Sexual abuse resources

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