If you have elderly parents, or seriously ill family members, you know how vulnerable they can be. If they are physically or mentally impaired, you know they cannot protect themselves.
Which is why you care for them at home, or house them in a facility where the staff is trained to care for their needs. And, of course, to protect them.
Unfortunately, as you've probably heard over the years, those facilities and their employees sometimes violate your trust, in horrific ways. That recently includes a disturbing incident involving a 21-year-old woman who worked at a nursing home in Wisconsin.
She took inappropriate videos of a 93-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease. Worse, this employee, Grace Riedlinger, shared those videos on the social media site Snapchat, which has videos viewed more than 7 billion times every day.
While most Snapchat messages disappear shortly after they're sent, the videos Riedlinger shared were viewable for 24 hours. A good Samaritan who saw the disturbing video reported it to the nursing home.
Riedlinger was recently charged with a felony. She's facing possible jail time of 18 months, plus two years of supervised release.
Unfortunately, this creepy and disturbing incident is more common than you may think. Since 2012, three dozen incidents of inappropriate nursing home videos have been found online, including on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, according to the investigative journalism site ProPublica.