“Sexual misconduct is particularly damaging to the reputation of psychiatry because the damages to patients which result are mental and emotional in nature. If psychiatry loses the confidence of society, its ability to pursue its mission will be damaged.”

American Psychiatric Association
Approved by the Board of Trustees
March 1993

sexual misconduct

Ottawa Citizen
December 8, 2012
Psychiatrists are twice as likely as other Canadian doctors to face professional discipline generally and almost four times as apt to be sanctioned for sexual misconduct, concludes a new study that underscores long-held concerns about the specialty.

The Associated Press
April 7, 1987
Two-thirds of psychiatrists say they have treated patients who were sexually involved with other therapists, but they report colleagues for unethical sexual behavior in less than 10 percent of the cases, according to a national survey.

The Tennessean

February 25, 1985
Beginning May 1, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) will no longer cover sexual misconduct, or so-called “undue familiarity,” in its malpractice insurance. Millions of dollars have been paid to settle complaints and lawsuits stemming from sexual misconduct, the largest award being $4.66 million, awarded in 1981.

The Seattle Times

April 11, 1993
Newsweek magazine reported that “65 percent of psychiatrists said they had treated patients who had been sexually involved with previous therapists,” but only 8 percent reported the incidents to authorities.

One woman, Barbara Noel, wrote a book (“You Must Be Dreaming”) about her nightmare of psychiatric sexual abuse. She revealed that the American Psychiatric Association tried to protect her psychiatrist from unfavorable publicity.

Furthermore, Noel’s abuser, Jules Masserman, was not just any psychiatrist, but a past president of the American Psychiatric Association and an honorary life president of the World Association for Social Psychiatry.

The Burlington Free Press

May 26, 2002
A Burlington Free Press analysis has found that 39 percent of the doctors disciplined by state regulators in the past five years have been psychiatrists. Fewer than 11 percent of Vermont’s doctors practice psychiatry.

Further, nearly all the charges involved doctors’ sexual misconduct or abuse of alcohol and drugs.

Ferda Sakman, Veterans Affairs psychiatrist, accused of sexual abuse

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B. P. Nagesh, Hyderabad Psychiatrist, “100 girls were raped”

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Robert Harden, Plano Psychiatrist, suspended

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Russell Simon Hoyle, psychiatrist, not allowed to treat women

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Keun Lee, Psychiatrist, jailed on allegation he raped patient

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Benjamin Wen, Aussie Psychiatrist, charged

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Antonio Cabrera, Santa Cruz psychiatrist, sentence confirmed

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Praveen Thottappilil, Ballarat psychiatrist, pleads guilty

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Nasreen Roberts, Kingston Psychiatrist, pleads guilty

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Jan Cimicky, Czech Psychiatrist – victims asked to come forward

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Joan Marcelino, Miami psychistrist, charged with molesting kids

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Hasan Abu Ghariba, Laqiya psychiatrist, indicted for sexual abuse

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Ashok Bharucha, State College psychiatrist, sentenced

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Abner Pasatiempo, Guam Government psychiatrist, arrested in Alaska

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Andrew Nadell, Bay area psychiatrist, accused of raping 13-year-old

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Emilio González Fernández, Spanish psychiatrist, convicted

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Pritpaul Singh, NJ Psychiatrist, License Revoked

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Manoj Bhargava, Fredericton psychiatrist, suspended

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Gavin Meany, Minn psychiatrist – imprisoned for sexual assault

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Queensland Psychiatrist offers own husband to patient for sex therapy

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Memphis Psychiatrist Richard Farmer Must Surrender License

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Psychiatrist Robert Fink, Seattle & New Zealand

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Clarence White, Syracuse Psychiatrist – license revoked for sex with patient

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Pikeville Psychiatrist – medical license restricted

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Richard Farmer, Psychiatrist, East Memphis, wrote prescriptions “in exchange for sexual favors or companionship”

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