Saturday, January 26, 2008

Ohio Nurse Accused Of Raping Elderly

From the AP:

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) -- A night shift nurse accused of raping a nursing home patient confessed to abusing dozens of patients as far back as the 1980s and is likely to face more charges, a police official said Thursday. John Riems, 49, faces a charge of rape and another of gross sexual imposition, Perkins Township Police Chief Tim McClung said.

This man's confession about crimes committed at up to 10 nursing homes including his latest employer, Concord Care and Rehabilitation Center, is one of the reasons the typical advice focusing on the behavior of girls and women have it so wrong and can cause people to dismiss real sexual violence because the crime didn't happen at a so-called dangerous place.

From the Mansfield News Journal:

"We've had several residents, they don't want him touching him, they don't want him in their room," said Cynthia Wilson, 47, a nurse aide who was fired from the Concord Care and Rehabilitation Center in December. "A lot of them would refuse their meds just to keep him out of their room."

I'm not surprised that there were warning signs. I'm also not surprised that there wasn't a system in place for other employees to raise their concerns without worrying about a backlash. A nurse who spends excess time with patients but who refuses to answer questions about his behavior raises all sorts of questions since he should have been able to explain his job-related activities.

Thankfully, Riems has been fired. But that may be small comfort to those he abused and to the families of those who were cared for by Riems.

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At January 27, 2008 7:46 PM, Blogger Barbara said...

We had a segment on elderly abuse in my SAVA class the other day and it was astounding to hear about how many so called "aids" to the elderly sexually abuse them.

I also linked you on my blog now that I have one related to this topic.

Keep up the great work of education people!


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