Elderly Residents at Risk for Being Victims or Offenders

Graziamaria Corbi, Ignazio Grattagliano, Roberto Catanesi, Nicola Ferrara, Graeme Yorston, Carlo Pietro Campobasso

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The phenomenon of elderly sexual offenders is poorly catalogued, and is especially complex. In institutions, elderly people are often unrecognized victims of sexual abuse but are also at great risk for doing abuse toward vulnerable victims like children. The lack of attention to an elder's basic needs can endanger or impair not only his or her health or safety but also that of other people living close together. In this article, for the first time we describe an episode of sexual abuse realized by an institutionalized patient toward a young visitor. This specific risk factor in a residential care home for elderly may lead to a variety of negative behavioral outcomes, including the perpetration of child sexual offending. As the elderly population will increase tremendously in the next years, it is necessary to better understand the motivations and psychological factors relating to elderly sex offenders, to prevent these offenses, and to define standards for surveillance of residents who are potential perpetrators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657-659
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Medical Directors Association
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012


  • Elderly offenders
  • Nursing home
  • Sexual abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Nursing(all)
  • Health Policy


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