April 11, 2011
Minnesota legislators are proposing a bill that would put those guilty of sexual nursing home abuse on the state’s registry of predatory offenders. The bill is now headed to the state senate.
Minnesota lawmakers say the increase in elder abuse spurred them into action.
“We have to step up our game in Minnesota to address this rise in abuse,” said Sen. Warren Limmer. “We need to make sure we’re staying on top of this problem and the perpetrators.”
The state’s current registry of predatory offenders includes persons convicted of sexual criminal conduct, kidnapping, soliciting a minor, or possessing child pornography. The proposed bill would add those convicted of Criminal Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult.
Local and federal goverments play an important role is combating nursing home abuse. But family members of nursing home residents should be vigilant in recognizing any signs of nursing home abuse and reporting the abuse to authorities immediately. You should also contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to discuss what legal action you can take.