When Sexual Abuse Occurs At Treatment Facilities
There are times in life when we must rely on others to provide care for us or a loved one. Whether for our own health or the well-being of our children, we entrust them with great responsibility. Some take advantage of our trust and their responsible positions to commit sexual assault or sexual abuse. Since 1992, attorney Tahira Khan Merritt has helped victims of sexual abuse and their families file civil lawsuits against the individuals and organizations responsible for their injuries. Her office is in Dallas, but regardless of where her clients live, she and her team provide every client with highly personal representation.
You Can Hold Individuals And Entities Accountable For Sexual Abuse
Civil law recognizes that the individual offender may not be the only party that contributes to the abuse. Entities for treatment care facilities are required to put policies in place that help prevent sexual abuse from occurring such as screening potential employees, supervising workers and volunteers, and providing them with adequate training. The law also requires care facilities to investigate even suspected abuse and report it to police.
Public or private treatment care facilities can be held liable for allowing abuse to occur, failing to take corrective action or protecting the offender. These facilities include:
- Private and religious day care
- Group homes for children and adults
- Hospitals, dental offices and other health care facilities
- Nursing homes and other elder care facilities
- Residential facilities serving special needs children and vulnerable adults
- Treatment facilities for substance abuse
- Spa and therapeutic facilities
Sexual Exploitation By Mental Health Service Providers
Psychologists, social workers, chemical dependency counselors and other licensed and unlicensed mental health professionals are in positions of power. Clients share their deepest personal experiences with them. They trust and rely on professional advice. Their relationship, vastly unbalanced, can thus be exploited sexually.
Most states have enacted laws that prohibit mental health service providers from having any sexual contact with patients because the provider should know better. Under Texas law, a mental health patient is incapable of giving consent, which means that these responsible providers may not only be prosecuted criminally, but may also be liable for civil damages.
Silence Does Not Give Consent | Silence Does Protect The Perpetrator
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