The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a committee opinion titled "Sexual Misconduct," which speaks out against doctor sexual abuse and emphasizes the need for healthcare providers to prioritize patient safety.
The committee opinion details the ways in which healthcare providers can engage in sexual misconduct, including but not limited to inappropriate touching, sexual advances, and non-consensual sexual contact. The document also provides guidelines for healthcare providers to follow in order to prevent and address instances of sexual misconduct, such as implementing workplace policies and protocols and educating staff on appropriate conduct.
While it is disheartening that instances of doctor sexual abuse occur at all, it is important that organizations such as ACOG are taking a stand against such behavior and encouraging healthcare providers to prioritize patient safety above all else.
However, it is not just the individual healthcare provider who should be held responsible for instances of sexual misconduct. Employers of the abuser can also be held accountable for the misconduct if they failed to take appropriate action to prevent it from occurring or to address it when it did happen.
This is where national trial lawyers firm, Levy Konigsberg, comes in. The firm has been assisting those who have been sexually abused or assaulted by a OBGYN, doctor or physician of any sort, helping them to seek justice and hold the responsible parties accountable.
It is vital that those who have been victimized by doctor sexual abuse or assault know that they are not alone and that there are resources available to them. Organizations such as ACOG and firms such as Levy Konigsberg are working to ensure that healthcare providers prioritize patient safety and that victims of sexual misconduct receive the support and justice they deserve.