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Elderly facing homophobic abuse in care homes

4 October 2012 Last updated at 15:51 BST

Elderly gay and lesbian people are suffering homophobic bullying from care staff across the UK, according to campaigners.

Charities, including Stonewall, believe that many victims are too scared to speak out because of fear of repercussions. But they have gathered substantial anecdotal evidence that vulnerable pensioners are being bullied because of their sexuality.

Researchers believe that one factor may be the care sector's reliance on foreign labour, including staff from strongly religious backgrounds, where homosexuality is taboo.

Sima Kotecha reports.