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When we speak about sexual abuse in Hollywood and Florida, we often focus on protecting vulnerable younger people. However, there is also another vulnerable population who may be targeted by predators: the elderly.

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Senior sexual abuse is a devastating problem and it is far more prevalent than many people realize. Elder citizens of nursing homes and care facilities may have cognitive and mobility issues which can make them vulnerable to predators. As well, retirement homes and  nursing homes do not always have security or proper screening measures to prevent abusers from getting access to vulnerable residents. In  some cases, residents of nursing homes have criminal histories and prey on their peers.

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At this time of year, many people are focusing on romance and dating. There lots of ways to meet new people to date, and one of the most common ones involves online dating and blind dates. If you’re meeting someone new for the first time, there are several dating tips you will want to follow to ensure you have a fun and safe time:

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Unfortunately, sexual assault on Miami campuses and in homes and public places all across Florida is all too common. According to the CDC, one in five men and one in two women will experience some type of sexual violence during their lifetime. April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and there is no better time to review ways to keep ourselves safe and to help address this difficult issue.

There are many ways to make changes:

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1) Follow your instinct.

Many survivors of assault report having a sentence or a sneaking suspicion that all was not right. However, they didn’t want to be rude or to offend anyone. When it comes to personal safety, trusting your instincts is important. If you feel that someone is behaving in an odd way or may become violent, remove yourself from the situation if at all possible.

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Now that students are back in class and settled into their school years, it’s time to focus on safety. In Gainesville, University of Florida students are concerned following attacks on four female students earlier this school year. Students living on-campus and off-campus are being told to be more aware of their surroundings and to use extra precautions.

Students who are injured in assault cases in Miami and other Florida cities may have the option to seek a legal claim against the perpetrator or the owner of the property where the attack took place. This and concern for students has made university campuses more aware of the steps that can be taken to help prevent assault and injuries. The University of Florida, for example, offers:

  • Security staff patrols, including stepped-up patrols when attacks occur
  • Walk-home programs for students
  • Educational materials emphasizing personal safety and listing local resources
  • Outreach with apartment complexes near campuses, to help keep off-campus students safe
  • Roving dorm patrols

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