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Update On Nursing Home Rape: Facility Made Errors In Investigation Of Incident

As we recently discussed, a 94-year-old resident at Grace Nursing Center was charged with the rape by instrumentality after assaulting another resident at the facility.  Now, details of the matter have been revealed in an Oklahoma Department of Health report.

Update On Nursing Home RapeThe report concludes that the nursing home made errors in how they handled evidence from the assault and failed to act when staff saw the perpetrator acting inappropriately towards other nursing home residents days before the rape occurred.  Among the errors detailed in the report:

  • The facility failed to timely notify the victims family after the incident– the facility waited more than 1 hour, 35 minutes to report the incident to family
  • Failing to protect evidence of alleged crime– the facility washed the victims bed linens and the perpetrators clothing immediately after the incident
  • The nursing home administrator and staff physicians were not timely notified after the incident
  • The facility failed to take preventative measures with respect to the perpetrator– days before a nurses aide saw the man inappropriately touching other nursing home residents and pulling up their shirts

A Perfect Cause founder, Wes Bledsoe says the facility is to blame for the incident itself, “I hold the facility accountable for this, if not more so than the assailant in this case.”

The perpetrator will not stand trial for the rape charges as he died just days after the Oklahoma District Attorney filed the charges.

Resources For Sex Abuse Victims

Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website

Faith Trust Institute

National Domestic Violence Hotline

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

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