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Over 70 alleged sex crimes against elderly care home residents in Northern Ireland

Published 20/09/2016

Those who reported the incidents were praised for their courage in coming forward.
Those who reported the incidents were praised for their courage in coming forward.

Police have investigated over 70 alleged sex attacks on adults in care in Northern Ireland, it has been reported.

The BBC obtained the figures through a Freedom of Information request.

The offences were alleged to have taken place in adult care, nursing and residential homes over the past three years, with the majority of the crimes reported being physical sex assaults, including several alleged rapes.

Most of those homes concerned, the BBC said, looked after people over the age of 65 with some victims suffering mental health issues, dementia, or Alzheimer's.

Age NI's Linda Robinson said it was "70 people too many" but praised the courage of those who had spoken out.

"There has been a process put in place to keep those individuals safe. We need to enable people to be able to report safely in their own environment," she added.

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