The conversation surrounding the #MeToo movement on social media has made many reconsider inappropriate behavior inside and outside of professional environments. The much-publicized trial of disgraced former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar – and his conviction on seven counts of sexual abuse– shed light on the kind of incidents experienced by many female patients. Here’s what you need to know about sexual assault by a treating medical professional.
What Do We Consider Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is sexual contact made without the other party’s consent. This can include unwanted touching, kissing or bodily penetration. Child molestation, coerced sexual intercourse, and rape all fall under the umbrella of sexual assault.