Sexual Violence and Older Adults – Enhancing social response
The issue of sexual violence and its impact on older adults is often over-looked and unrecognized. As with all sexual violence the response of caregivers, professionals and society at large greatly impacts the long-term effects upon the individual. Meeting the needs of older adult victims is crucial in determining health and knowing how to respond is essential.
This session will provide an overview of the growing prevalence of sexual violence later in life, specifically for individuals 55 and over.
Presentation will include:
- Overview of the complex issue of sexual violence
- Societal responses and the impact on the victim
- What to look for when working with older adults
- Barriers to disclosure
- Critical social responses – response based practice
The presentation will be followed by a question/answer period.