Mark your calendars and prepare to take a stand with us! World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is on Friday, June 15th, 2012…
As the rate of elder abuse continues to rise, it remains one of the most under recognized and under reported crimes. Unlike with the occurrence of domestic violence and child abuse, there has been no nationally recognized or organized effort to understand elder abuse or to collect elderly abuse statistics. This issue is growing at an alarming rate and must be addressed.
Millions of older adults are abused, neglected, or exploited each year, with 84% of incidents going unreported. Based on state and federal statistics, nearly 200,000 Californians are victims of elder abuse every year. Los Angeles County alone represents over 25% of all cases in California.
The purpose of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is to promote activities to increase public awareness of this issue and highlight the need for appropriate action. In observance of WEAAD, we are starting a blog series that will be dedicated to increasing awareness for this issue. We invite you to take action with us to engage public attention, enlist public support, and generate activity and involvement!