Wednesday 21 February 2018

Different degrees of heinousness

• If a doctor or a psychiatrist has a sexual relationship with a patient, he can be disciplined or struck off, even if the patient solicited the relationship.

This is because the power dynamics make true consent from the patient impossible, even when the patient is an adult.

If a priest engages, while operating in his pastoral capacity, in a relationship with an adult, there is always an abusive dimension to it for the same reason.

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