Older Victims

It is never the victim's fault. Sexual violence has nothing to do with what the victim should or should not have done to prevent the assault - it is entirely the fault of the attacker. If you have been a victim of sexual violence, it is important to remember that it was not your fault and you are not alone.

Sexual violence can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of their age or background. Elderly people face difficulties and obstacles in dealing with sexual assault that other people do not, including a harder time reaching out for help and healing physically and emotionally.

Many elderly citizens are victimized and abused by the very people they depend on for their physical and mental well-being. In 80% of sexual assaults against the elderly, the victims know their attackers.