Caregiver Accused Of Rape

Rape by CaregiverA 44-year old woman was raped in Kent Nursing Home in Seattle.  The victim was particularly vulnerable with mental and physical impairments.  The rape was not discovered until the woman had a miscarriage and DNA testing confirmed that the act was done by an employee of the nursing home.

‘We entrust caregivers for dependent adults with tremendous responsibility for the health and well-being of the patient,’ said Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.

Long-term facilities, hospitals, and nursing homes have a duty to provide a safe facility for all residents and employees.   Part of providing a safe facility requires a full criminal background check for all employees.  The background check also involves checking references.

Most instances of physical abuse are preventable.  Had a facility performed an adequate search, they would have discovered the employees criminal propensities.

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