Selling senior care: Costly dementia care failing to keep Oregon seniors safe

The Oregonian spent more than a year investigating memory care in Oregon, where over 100,000 records and accounts from hundreds of memory care workers and families showed evidence of abuse, high prices and understaffing. Confirmed cases of abuse are more than twice as prevalent in memory care facilities as they are in other types of Oregon…

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Years of sexual assault cases within a school district were kept secret

A FOX31 investigation into a large, affluent Colorado school district found that administrators have failed to report dozens of sexual assault cases involving both students and administrators for years. At least four Cherry Creek School District employees have been arrested since 2016 for sexual assault-related incidents, and a school’s principal, assistant principal and counselor were…

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How rape stays hidden in Oklahoma

In a five-part series, The Frontier details Oklahoma’s hidden war-within-a-war against rape and sexual assault, as local and state entities vie for the same limited funding and resources, offering only piecemeal protection. From 2011 to 2016, Oklahoma experienced an all-time-high 46 percent increase in reported rapes.  The series highlights the pleas of survivors fighting for…

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Lax oversight leaves patients at risk in Medicaid rides program

Georgia Medicaid patients have had their heads bashed, bones broken, their faces, and hands and knees lacerated in incidents that could have been avoided. They’ve been propelled out of wheelchairs or dropped from stretchers onto hard concrete, left with painful injuries that made their already-difficult lives even worse. Yet, despite years of such incidents, and…

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Oregon school district helped an educator evade allegations of sexual misconduct

An investigation by The Oregonian/OregonLive shows how Oregon’s largest school district helped an educator evade sexual misconduct allegations. Reporters reviewed police reports, personnel records and state and district investigations into Mitch Whitehurst, who worked in Portland Public Schools for 32 years despite mounting complaints. The Oregonian also interviewed victims. Records and interviews showed the system…

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Hidden horror of school sex assaults revealed by AP

Student-on-student sexual assault is not just a problem on college campuses. It threatens thousands of kids a year in elementary, middle and high schools across America. Rich or poor, urban or rural, no type of school is immune. Relying on state education records, supplemented by federal crime data, a yearlong investigation by The Associated Press…

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Oregon hides thousands of cases of shoddy senior care

An investigation by the Oregonian/OregonLive found that state officials have concealed thousands of cases of poor elder care and abuse from the public. The Oregon Department of Human Services runs a website that is meant to help family members identify safe places to care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other debilitating illnesses. But,…

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Oversight lags as for-profit firms take on caring for the vulnerable

An investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that as the state of Georgia has begun moving residents of state psychiatric institutions into privately-run group homes and other small, community-based institutions, residents have been put at risk of injury and in some cases death.  Under the care of two of the largest for-profit companies running these…

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Negligent nursing homes allow for widespread elderly abuse

Negligent nursing homes have made way for the sexual assault of elderly residents across the nation. Residents, typically the severely disabled, have filed numerous reports of sexual assault over the years, however, most go unsubstantiated due to the cognitive condition of the patients.  It’s impossible to know just how many victims are out there. But…

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