What’s Current: Tory MPP worried zero-tolerance policy for sexual assault of medical patients is ‘overly harsh’

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Ontario MPP claims zero-tolerance policy on doctors who sexually abuse patients is too mean. 

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  • lk

    How will the medical community function in Canada if they can’t sexually abuse patients?! We all know that to be a good doctor you must be able to do whatever you want including sexually assaulting patients without consequence…How awful to work in a country where abusing your patients might lead to losing your license…

    Omg, it’s scary sometime when you realize how unintelligent members of the government are…

    I read the portions of the bill that has to do with sexual abuse and there is nothing in there to suggest that members of the medical community who are accused of sexual abuse would not get a fair trial or investigation.

    If you read the bill it states: “The purpose of the provisions of this Code with respect to sexual abuse of patients by members is to encourage the reporting of such abuse, to provide funding for therapy and counselling in connection with allegations of sexual abuse by members and, ultimately, to eradicate the sexual abuse of patients by members.”

    The is a perfectly reasonable goal…

  • genny

    She divorced him because he turned out to be a deadbeat in addition to being an abusive alcoholic, and I hear their children are really messed up because of him. When I think about the time I was with him, I was very shy and timid back then, easily intimidated by men. Thank goodness I had the courage to kick him out of my life when he got angry one day and told me: “Leave me alone when I get like this”, basically implying that whatever happened if I didn’t would be my fault not his.

    • FierceMild

      I shudder to think…glad you left.

  • Rachael

    I don’t support men (as a class), but I refuse to condemn them in their entirety either. I was, I thought, speaking for myself. I’m quite happy being a feminist, thanks.

  • Tired feminist

    Genny is not saying we should all give up on men (some of us have sons and it wouldn’t be a good idea), she’s just saying this is what worked for her. Which is fine. She’s not causing any harm. Let her be.

  • Wren

    It is ok to disagree, but what you wrote came off as a chastising lecture. There are few places in the universe where women are free to speak easily about their exhaustion from patriarchy and men, but this is one of those places and we like to keep it that way. You can talk about how you manage all of this in your own life, but you shouldn’t tell another woman how to handle hers. Moving on…

  • Yisheng Qingwa

    Why not both? 😀

  • Rachael

    I wouldn’t support it, no