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Understanding Sexual Abuse

Kinesiologists are not allowed to touch or speak to patients/clients in a sexual way. They are not allowed to be in a sexual relationship with a patient/client under any circumstances. When a kinesiologist does this, it is considered sexual abuse. Sexual abuse of a patient/client by a kinesiologist is very serious. It is an abuse of power by the kinesiologist and a breach of trust.

Kinesiologists are expected to act professionally and maintain a manner that is friendly but does not cross boundaries. You should always feel comfortable and respected by your kinesiologist.

The College works to prevent sexual abuse and will address sexual abuse when reported. If you feel you or someone you know has been sexually abused by a kinesiologist, please contact the College via email or at (416) 961-7000 ext. 100.

When dealing with concerns about sexual abuse, the College will:

The College is committed to these principles. Learn more about how the College addresses sexual abuse.

Defining sexual abuse

In the context of healthcare, sexual abuse includes:

Sexual abuse does not include touching, behaviour, or remarks that are clinically appropriate to the care being provided.

Appropriate and inappropriate touching and behaviour

Often a kinesiologist may need to touch or feel different body parts or ask questions of a personal nature to fully understand your condition or injury.

When this occurs as part of assessment or treatment, the kinesiologist should:

You have the right to:

A kinesiologist must respect your right to ask questions and to refuse treatment.

If you are unsure or worried about the care you received from a kinesiologist, you can contact the College via email or at (416) 961-7000 ext. 100 to discuss your concerns.

Professional boundaries

Kinesiologists are responsible for maintaining an appropriate professional manner with every patient/client. When a kinesiologist does something improper, it is a boundary violation. The following are examples of behaviours that are considered boundary violations by a kinesiologist:

Such behaviours often serve as warning signs and can lead to further, more serious boundary violations and/or sexual abuse.

Reporting sexual abuse

Patients/clients who have been sexually abused may feel that they are somehow to blame, may worry about getting the kinesiologist in trouble, or may fear that they will not be believed. The College takes all complaints about sexual abuse seriously and you will be treated with sensitivity by all College staff.

You, or any witnesses, are encouraged to report any incidents of inappropriate behaviour to the College. You can contact the College via email or at (416) 961-7000 ext. 100.

Funding for therapy and counselling

The College has set aside funds for victims of sexual abuse. This money is to allow patients/clients to seek therapy or counselling for the abuse suffered. The College will assist anyone in their application and guide them through the process. View FAQs on funding for therapy and counselling.

Applications for funding: