The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape is working to eliminate all forms of sexual violence and to advocate for the rights and needs of victims of sexual assault.

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Elder Abuse

While people of all ages are susceptible to sexual assault, certain factors associated with the aging process put the elder population at heightened risk. Perpetrators seek out potential victims who they perceive as easy to overpower and manipulate. They look for those who would be unlikely to report the assault and who would not be deemed credible if the assault were reported. Unfortunately, while elder sexual assault victims and survivors may require more assistance and specialized help, they often receive less services and intervention than younger victims.

Addressing Elder Sexual Abuse: Developing a Community Response
A multimedia curriculum created to promote community partnerships in combating elder sexual abuse.

Elder Sexual Assault - Technical Assistance Manual for Older Adult Protective Services
A manual for aging services workers that ensures an appropriate response to an older victim of sexual abuse.

"The Hidden Victim" A Training Program for Law Enforcement: Facilitator's Guide

Preparing & Prosecuting Elder Sexual Assault Cases
This booklet explores the obstacles to prosecution of elder sexual assault and offers practical solutions for professionals involved in these cases.

Safe at Any Age: A curriculum designed to educate elders in Pennsylvania communities about sexual violence.

Elder Sexual Assault: Technical Assistance Manual for Pennsylvania’s Sexual Violence Centers
The goal of this technical assistance manual is to allow sexual violence advocates/counselors to become adept in dealing with elder clients as needed. Advocates and peruse this guide to learn the basics of effectively working with elder clients, or utilize it in a crisis situation.

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

National Adult Protective Service Association (NAPSA)

National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)

National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA)

National Institute on Aging

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