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Date To Be Fixed for Sentencing In Psychiatric Sexual Assault Case

Date To Be Fixed for Sentencing In Psychiatric Sexual Assault Case

Over 300 psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health professionals worldwide have been convicted of sex crimes in the last 27 years. Hundreds of others have lost their licenses.

(PRWEB) September 20, 2005

The Supreme Court of Penticton in British Columbia, Canada will fix the date for the sentencing hearing of psychiatrist Larry Anderson on September 26, 2005. Anderson was found guilty of three counts of indecent or sexual assault involving female patients over several years by a jury trial on July 23, 2005. (Court case # 31377)

According to evidence given during the trial, Dr. Anderson once put sexual instructions onto what a female patient thought was a prescription for anti-depressant drugs. This former female patient told AndersonÂ’s B. C. Supreme Court trial that instead of a renewal of a prescription for her continued depression, Anderson handed her something completely unexpected. (The prescription read: Take one erection and put it in an appropriate space. Do what is needed to obtain satisfaction.)

Brian Beaumont, spokesperson for the British Columbia chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights said, “Psychiatric sexual assault is a very common occurrence over the world, but all too often the perpetrator is only slapped on the wrist by being given a fine or suspension from practice. Over 300 psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health professionals worldwide have been convicted of sex crimes in the last 27 years. Hundreds of others have lost their licenses.”

However, the complaint processes are thwarted, in part, by the belief that psychiatrists are above reproach. However, 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 six patients.

Over 10 civil suits for sexual assault filed against psychiatrists have been settled out of court in favor of women in British Columbia, Canada, alone, in the past 15 years. Three of these civil suits were filed against one psychiatrist by three different women. This figure does not include the numerous complaints of sexual assault filed and dealt with by the College of Physicians and surgeons, the body that disciplines doctors.

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.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights was established by the Church of Scientology to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights.

If you know anyone, including a child, who has been abused or harmed by a psychiatrist call The Citizens Commission on Human Rights at 1 800 670 2247. Complete confidentiality assured.

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