Therapist Abuse and Malpractice
Psychotherapists are professionals who are licensed to care for the most fragile among us. They work almost entirely behind closed doors, where patients reveal their deepest secrets. While therapists have the power to change lives for the better, occasionally they abuse and exploit that power by entering into sexual relationships with their patients. This sexual contact is universally regarded as unethical and considered malpractice in Oregon.
Oregon law also recognizes a cause of action against pastors and other members of the clergy who enter into sexual relationships with individuals to whom they are providing counseling. Like therapists, pastors who serve as counselors abuse their power by exploiting the vulnerability and dependence of individuals under their care.