A nursing home is responsible if its employee sexually abuses a resident. A nursing home can also be liable if one of its residents sexually abuses another resident. In a sexual abuse case it is imperative that the abuser and any witnesses be identified immediately. Potential witnesses’ testimony will need to be preserved. Any physical evidence needs to be collected, documented, and preserved. A nursing home will attempt to stall and delay identification of the abuser, witnesses, and may even alter or destroy physical evidence of a crime. It is imperative to get a competent litigation attorney involved immediately to protect the rights of your loved one. If you believe that a loved one has been sexually abused in a nursing home you can report it to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s 24 hour hotline (800) 252-4343.