Too many times cases of abuse of senior citizens go unreported due to fear of retaliation or further abuse.
(PRWEB) December 07, 2013
The statistics regarding the rate of elder abuse in America are astounding. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, there were nearly six million cases of elderly abuse in 2010 in the United States alone. The stats suggest that nearly a whopping 10 percent of the entire American elderly population reported a form of abuse, and many instances of abuse go unreported altogether.
The newly-launched site Elder-Abuse.net is shining the spotlight on elder abuse in the United States and offering victims hundreds of helpful resources.
“Too many times cases of abuse of senior citizens go unreported due to fear of retaliation or further abuse,” said Elder-Abuse.net spokesperson Gene Stillman. “The numbers show that commonality of elder abuse is out of control and on the verge of becoming a silent epidemic in America today.”
One of the more frightening statistics to come out of the study conducted by the National Center on Elder Abuse says that an astounding 68 percent of all elder abuse cases were perpetrated by family members. Stillman says that fact makes instances of elder abuse even tougher to report.
“Abuse of the elderly takes many shapes and forms,” says Stillman. “Some victims are left with such deep physical or emotional scars that they feel alone and resistant to the idea that there is people out there that care about them. Our site focuses on giving a voice to those who may feel as though they have been silenced.”
In addition to providing help and resources, Elder-Abuse.net also reveals what you should look for if you suspect abuse is taking place. Some legal advice and what you should look for in an elder abuse lawyer is also available.
For more information and helpful resources for the victims and families of elder abuse, please visit Elder-Abuse.net today.