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Norma’s Project: A report into the sexual assault of older women in Australia

Australia’s most comprehensive research study into the sexual assault of older women has recommended the mandatory licensing of care workers and a review of aged care standards to include a focus on prevention.

The study was called Norma’s Project, after Norma, an aged care resident who was sexually assaulted by an aged care worker at age 84.

Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan welcomed the report and described it as pioneering work.

“The authors have done all older women a service, first by telling the stories and drawing attention to the dangers of this violence and the circumstances in which it occurs, then by recommending a research approach and designing a framework for action that includes community education, training of carers and new systems for effective vigilance and protection,” she said.

You can read the Australian Ageing Agenda article about the Report and its findings here:

Call for tougher action to prevent sexual assault

You can download the full Report here:

Norma’s Project: A research study into the sexual assault of older women in Australia (PDF)

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