ELDER VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE

ELDER VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE

Although Elder Abuse is a topic familiar to many Americans, Elder Sexual Abuse remains often overlooked—despite its prevalence and the damage it can cause.

Elder sexual abuse is a distinct form of victimization in which victims’ age and health further complicate the particular challenges that every sexual abuse/assault case presents for the courts. This curriculum explores the research on elder sexual abuse and its implications for civil and criminal courts.

  • Participants in this curriculum will learn to:
    • Identify the types of elder sexual abuse
    • Identify elders at highest risk for sexual abuse
    • Explain how victim impact in elder sexual abuses cases differs from impact to younger victims
    • Recognize typical characteristics of sex offenders who target elders
    • Help elders describe their experiences and gain access to the courts
    • Know key questions to assess whether consent was present
    • Minimize jury bias in elder sexual abuse cases
    • Sentence elder sexual abuse offenders appropriately
    • Identify resources to improve courts’ handling of elder sexual abuse cases
    • Aspects of the model curricula:
      • NJEP’s curriculum is available at no charge for a variety of uses: it can be utilized as the basis for in-person trainings and webinars or reviewed by individuals online.
      • The curriculum consists of:
        • A faculty manual for teachers
        • A Power Point presentation with suggested commentary
        • Exercises for participants
        • Handouts for participants
        • The curriculum can be adapted to local laws and practices 

Aspects of the model curricula:

  • NJEP’s curriculum is available at no charge for a variety of uses: it can be utilized as the basis for in-person trainings and webinars or reviewed by individuals online.
  • The curriculum consists of:
    • A faculty manual for teachers
    • A Power Point presentation with suggested commentary
    • Exercises for participants
    • Handouts for participants
    • The curriculum can be adapted to local laws and practices

View the model curriculum.

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