Today marks the 6th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day sponsored by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA). The event represents an important time for all advocates across the globe to come together and raise awareness of the mistreatment of their senior community members.
Local residents are urged to wear something purple today to show support for the cause. In addition, many communities and municipalities will make proclamations in honor of the day. For example, White House officials have already commented on the occasion, noting that today represents an important time to recommit to ending elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
They explained how up to 84% of all cases of elder abuse are never even reported-meaning that so many of these vulnerable individuals continue to suffer in silence. The abuse comes in a variety of forms including physical assault, neglect of basic needs, sexual violence, and financial exploitation. One need only follow the heartbreaking stories of mistreatment reported on this blog to become familiar with the scope of the problem.
This state of affairs cannot be tolerated. Today (and every day) is a great time to share support for the proper treatment of seniors and call for accountability for all those who exploit others. As explained in their proclamation supporting World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, one encouraging step taken by the current Administration in support of improvements in this area is the Elder Justice Act. The legislation allocated federal resources to test the best methods of identifying and responding to cases of senior abuse.
Our Illinois elder abuse attorneys at Levin & Perconti are proud to stand today and every day in support of those who seek to end the mistreatment of our senior friends and family. With abuse and neglect continuing in various locations throughout the world on a daily basis, there remains much work to be done before all elders are treated as they should. We are committed to staying the course and continuing to advocate on behalf of these victims.
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