While Mickey Rooney will long be remembered as one of Hollywood’s most enduring talents, there was another side to his life: Mickey Rooney's experiences with elder abuse exemplified this tragically common occurrence, but he also led in empowering seniors by speaking out. As Mickey stated about his experience, "I felt trapped, scared, used and frustrated. When a man feels helpless, it's terrible." Mickey was no longer helpless after reporting the incident, which many seniors are too afraid to do. Not only are our nation’s seniors being abused, but they hardly ever receive justice. Elder abuse remains a drastically underreported crime because of factors such as the victim’s fear of losing their independence.
The following are the top 7 myths that hinder the successful prosecution and investigation of criminal elder abuse. Not only are our nation’s seniors being abused, but they hardly ever receive justice. Elder abuse remains a drastically underreported crime because of factors such as the victim’s fear of losing independence.
7 Myths About Elder Abuse, #7 Will Break Your Heart:
1. Elderly people make terrible witnesses.
2. If the elderly victim refuses to provide information, nothing can be done.
3. If an elderly victim gives money voluntarily, it is not a crime.
4. If the victim is deceased, you cannot prosecute.
5. Any case where the elderly victim is involved in a home repair dispute involving money is a civil matter.
6. Suspects of elder abuse never call 911.
7. Elderly people die from natural causes, without investigation needed.
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