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Physical abuse includes the use of physical force that may result in bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment. Physical abuse is often assault. Physical abuse may include:

  • striking
  • hitting
  • pushing
  • shaking
  • burning
  • shoving

Sexual abuse is sexual touching or sexual activity if the other person does not consent. Signs of possible physical or sexual abuse may include:

  • unexplained depression, fear or paranoia
  • discomfort or anxiety in the presence of particular people
  • unexplained visible burns, scratches, bruises, cuts or swellings
  • vague or illogical explanations for injuries

Abuse happens when one person hurts or mistreats another. Remember:

  • Seniors are entitled to respect.
  • Seniors have a right to live free from physical and sexual abuse.
  • Seniors have every right to live in safety and security.
  • There is no excuse for abuse.

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