A call for state to take stand for the elderly

Monday, November 20, 2017
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

elderly patientThe biggest crime wave in Minnesota is still unabated. In fact, it is rising dramatically, and a spokesman for the state's largest pro-life organization asserts that the problem will not resolve itself.

Elder abuse in care centers in The North Star State has been going on for years, and Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) has been pressing the state to investigate. The Minnesota Star-Tribune has also published a series on the problem.

MCCL spokesman Scott Fischbach tells OneNewsNow there were about 12,000 reports of abuse several years ago.

Fischbach

"There are currently about 25,000 reports of abuse that are backlogged and not investigated at this point," he continues. "97 percent of all the reports of abuse are not investigated, so it's time to shine a light on this and for the state to get active and these cases investigated."

He laments the abuse directed at elderly who are extremely vulnerable runs the full gamut.

"Some of it is just going to be maltreatment, where they're not receiving the care that they're supposed to have," Fischbach relays. "Some of it is actual physical abuse, where they're being physically abused. Some of it is sexual abuse, where ... individuals that are supposed to be taking care of them are actually sexually abusing them."

There are also complaints of financial abuse.

But Fischbach says all that is only the tip of the iceberg, as many complaints are never reported to the state. So he insists it is time for the state to allocate the needed funds so investigations can be done and so those responsible may be dealt with. He is certain the problem will not go away on its own.

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