Were You Abused By a Medical Professional?


Postcard SATF OCRCCOntario has appointed a task force to look into improving policy to prevent and respond to sexual abuse of patients by regulated health professionals.

Why is this Task Force important?
Patients rely on their care providers for information, help and privacy.  Sexual abuse by regulated healthcare professionals can occur silently, and behind closed doors. Often, very vulnerable women and men are targeted. As sexual assault survivor advocates, we know that sexual abuse by health professionals happens. The Task Force is now working to connect with survivors and learn from their experiences.

What is a “regulated health professional?”
There are more than 20 regulated health professions in Ontario. Regulated health professionals are overseen by an organization (called a College); the College makes sure that the health professional is ethical and doing their job properly.

In Ontario, “regulated health professionals” include the following health professionals:

  • Doctors
  • Midwives
  • Chiropodists and podiatrists
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Opticians
  • Dentists and dental hygienists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Psychologists
  • Massage therapists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Medical laboratory technologists
  • Speech-language pathologists

My organization/group/I am in touch with survivors of patient sexual abuse. What can I do?
If you are a survivor of patient sexual abuse – or you are working with survivors of patient sexual abuse — and want to share your experiences, please get in touch with the Task Force this April.

We can tell you about what to expect if you decide to take part in an interview. We can also book an interview with you, if you decide to do so.

Private and supportive interviews available. Assistance to participate (i.e. travel) and other supports provided. Or just get in touch to learn more!

I want to know more.
Questions? Want to participate?


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