Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Pschiatric Sexual Exploitation

Numerous studies report that psychiatrists, child psychiatrists and psychologists are significantly over-represented in sexual crimes. According to a 2001 study, “Sex Between Therapists and Clients,” by Kenneth Pope, a former head of the ethics committee for the American Psychological Association, 1 out of 20 clients who had been sexually abused by their therapist was a minor, the average age being 7 for girls and 12 for boys. The youngest child was 3.

• A 1998 review of U.S. medical board actions against 761 physicians disciplined for sex-related offenses found that while psychiatrists and child psychiatrists account for only 6% of physicians in the country, they comprised 28% of perpetrators disciplined for sex-related offenses.

• A 1998 report from Sweden’s Social [medical] Board on patient complaints over a four-year period found that psychiatrists were responsible for nearly half of the mistreatments of patients reported to the Board, including sexual abuse.

• In one British study of therapist-patient sexual contact among psychologists, 25% reported having treated a patient who had been sexually involved with another therapist.

• A study by the University of Cologne, Germany, in the 1990s found psychiatrists had sexually abused 600 patients each year.

• A woman is at greater risk of being raped while on a psychiatrist's couch than while jogging alone at night through a city park. Studies show that between 6% and 13% of psychiatrists and psychologists sexually abuse their patients and, according to one American Journal of Psychiatry study, 80% of psychiatrists reporting sexual contact did so with an average of 6 patients. With a conservative estimate of 10% of psychiatrists and psychologists sexually assaulting at least 4 patients each, there could be as many as 78,000 patients in the United States U.S. or 260,000 patients worldwide victimized by these professions.
The above was extracted from an article on http://www.cchr.org/... well worth reading in full.

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