Keeping Child Patients Safe From Health Care Predators
A Texas family counselor was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting an adolescent boy, who was one of the 55-year-old psychologist's patients.
Police believe there may be other victims. They are encouraging people who may have been victimized or have information for investigators to contact the Crimes Against Children Unit. Daniel Borunda, "El Paso family counselor arrested after sexually assaulting child patient" elpasotimes.com (Oct. 23, 2018).
- Generally, examinations of young patients should be chaperoned by the child's parent or caregiver.
- The medical professional should give a full explanation of the examination and the reasons for the examination.
- Health care providers should always check to determine whether their state or hospital has specific chaperoning mandates. If they do, providers should abide by them.
- For physical exams, patients should be given privacy during disrobing and provided with appropriate draping during examinations.
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