Legitimate healthcare never involves abuse. That is why all regulatory health colleges under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) have zero tolerance for client/patient abuse. Zero tolerance means that the Colleges have procedures in place to investigate all complaints of abuse and discipline health professionals who are found guilty.
The College has a zero tolerance policy for any form of abuse – verbal, physical, emotional or sexual – of clients by Massage Therapists. The College is committed to preventing abuse through education of its registrants, clients of Massage Therapists and the public.
The RHPA defines sexual abuse as:
- Sexual intercourse or other forms of physical sexual relations between a healthcare professional and a patient or client;
- Touching, of a sexual nature, of a patient or client by a healthcare professional;Behaviour or remarks of a sexual nature by a healthcare professional towards a patient or client.
Any sexual relationship between a registered healthcare provider and a client of either sex is professional misconduct. It does not matter if you, as a client, started or wanted the sexual involvement – the healthcare professional will be held responsible. A professional found guilty of sexual abuse as defined by the RHPA can lose his or her registration and right to practise.