What is Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct?

The Health Professions Act defines the following:

Sexual abuse means the threatened, attempted, or actual conduct of a regulated member towards a patient that is of a sexual nature and includes any of the following conduct:

  • sexual intercourse between a regulated member and a patient of that regulated member;
  • genital to genital, genital to anal, oral to genital, or oral to anal contact between a regulated member and a patient of that regulated member;
  • masturbation of a regulated member by, or in the presence of, a patient of that regulated member;
  • masturbation of a regulated member’s patient by that regulated member;
  • encouraging a regulated member’s patient to masturbate in the presence of that regulated member;
  • touching of a sexual nature of a patient’s genitals, anus, breasts or buttocks by a regulated member;

Sexual misconduct means any incident or repeated incidents of objectionable or unwelcome conduct, behaviour, or remarks of a sexual nature by a regulated member towards a patient that the regulated member knows or ought reasonably to know will or would cause offence or humiliation to the patient or adversely affect the patient’s health and well-being but does not include sexual abuse.

Sexual nature does not include any conduct, behaviour, or remarks that are appropriate to the service provided.

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