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Resource ID: #16233
Subject: Elderly
Source: WKMG-TV (Orlando, Fla.)
Date: 1999-05-17



WKMG-TV reports that "there were more than a million cases of verified abuse (of the elderly) in the United States last year. Of those cases, less than 2% were ever prosecuted. Why? Several reasons. First, 9 out of every 10 abusers are relatives of the victim... Second, in many cases the abused senior dies, leaving only circumstantial cases that prosecutors say are virtually impossible to win. Finally there is a lack of resources dedicated to the problem. National, for every dollar spent to investigate and prosecute a case of elder abuse, $14 is spent on a case of child abuse...."

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