#InHerShoes Poster: "If not you, then who will stand with her? Stop the sexual assaults in aged care."

Older women are increasingly being sexually abused in residential aged care facilities, and are not being believed.

Perpetrators include care staff and other residents. OWN is working with Dr Catherine Barrett to put the spotlight on this issue and, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in 2019, we launched a campaign in Parliament House.

We stand with these women and call for processes to be placed to protect them. It’s not just #MeToo, but also #SheToo.

We invite you to put yourself #InHerShoes, walk with the older women who have been sexually assaulted, and sign the petition to call on the Aged Care Royal Commission to look into this matter seriously so we can protect older women from this horror.

Watch Dr Catherine Barrett (OPAL Institute) in a webinar, discussing how to understand, prevent and respond to the sexual abuse of older women. Catherine was joined by leading advocates Yumi Lee (Older Women’s Network NSW) and Kerrin Bradfield (Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence). The moderator of the webinar was journalist Caroline Baum.

The sexual abuse of older women is an often misunderstood and under-reported form of elder abuse. Learn how older women are discriminated against when reporting their assault experiences and how this often prevents them from receiving the help they need.

#InHerShoes Poster: "If not you, then who will stand with her? Stop the sexual assaults in aged care."

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