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Psychiatric Rape

Click here to download and read the CCHR report Psychiatric Rape — Assaulting Women and Children — Report and recommendations on widespread sex crimes against patients within the mental health system.

RAPE: Unlawful sexual intercourse with a person, i.e. without their consent. [<Latin rapere, seize]

Question: When is rape not really rape?

Answer: When the rapist is a treating psychiatrist or psychologist.

There could be few more bitter experiences than the desperate victim who accepts help and is then betrayed by the “benefactor.”

While compassion, common sense and decency declare that sexual abuse of patients is a serious and criminal act, psychiatrists and psychologists work hard to sanitize it — even when the victims of the exploitation are children.

Between 10% and 25% of mental health practitioners sexually abuse their patients. To cover up their crime, psychiatrists have used drugs or electroshock in an effort to eliminate the patient's memory of the rape. Instead of treating sexual assault of a patient as a criminal offense, licensing boards have dealth with it as “professional misconduct,” with psychiatrists and psychologists thus escaping criminal prosecution.

Therapist sexual abuse is sexual abuse. Therapist rape is rape. They will never constitute therapy. Until this is widely recognized, however, and prosecutors and judges treat every incidence of this as such, psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists will remain a threat to any woman or child undergoing mental health therapy.

For more information, click here to download and read the CCHR report Psychiatric Rape — Assaulting Women and Children — Report and recommendations on widespread sex crimes against patients within the mental health system.