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  1. Hi
    I have been abused by a therapist here in the UK and wondered if you have any others from the UK contacting you. I would like to find others who know what I have been through and communicate with. Brooks from TELL told me about your site. Many thanks. Tricia

    • Hello Tricia. We do have participants and advisers that are from various countries. I could post your inquiry but I was a little concerned with your confidentiality. Please let me know if it is with your consent that I send out your inquiry. I will investigate on my own if there is anybody that might provide good support. There are a number of victims who have offered such support. Mostly people in the US. I could contact some of them and see if they would like to speak to you.

      I am sorry for what you are going through. Few people understand the emotional pain that can result from sexual abuse. There are people who can help. I look forward to your response. Stan Spero

  2. I=d like to know what to do about a therapist who is still trying to contact me and I have the only copy of a gag order which states we are not to try to contact each other and the courts won’t help me. Because they destroyed the order in their files making mine invalid like it don’t exist even though I can show them my copy it does no good. Please advise what I can do.

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  4. Thank you for Advocate Web — what a great resource for victims of sexual abuse.

    I have spent the last 2 years recovering from a sexually exploitative relationship with my massage therapist/bodyworker/”energy worker.” He was unlicensed, and I reported him to my state’s licensing board. It has taken over 2 years for the case to finally be resolved. The Dept. of State website will list his disciplinary action in April. I had been advised by many professionals along the way — including the state investigator on the case — to report him to the police, particularly since he sexually exploited ANOTHER client (a friend I sent to him!) only a week or two before me. As the story unfolded, it was clear this therapist raped her, though she could not see it at the time and blamed herself. Our state, however, does not recognize this type of sexual abuse in its statutes. And though I see from your website that many states do now include abuse by therapists, it appears to be limited to mental health, not somatic therapies. These should most definitely be included, because clients are even more vulnerable when they are unclothed and when they are touched. Ben Benjamin, author of “Ethics of Touch”, is a great resource for information on this.

    As a way of channeling my healing into something good, I am getting involved with a local advocacy group to raise awareness about this particular type of abuse, since it is so underreported because it’s so confusing to the victim. We are ashamed, feel stupid (I should have known better!) and don’t want to believe that someone we trusted could abuse our trust in this way. I’m also working with my state legislator to try for changes in my state’s Massage Therapy Act, so that those calling themselves “energy workers” (who perform massage and other energy-based modalities) must be licensed. And, I’ve written an article/story that I’ve submitted to a professional massage/bodywork organization that may be accepted for their May/June issue. Waiting to hear for sure. It’s an open letter to therapists, asking them to hear my story so that they understand from a client perspective what happens when a trusted therapist abuses their power.

    So — I write to you asking if there are any suggestions you might have for how I might continue raising awareness through other venues. Perhaps I’ve done enough, but I’m keeping open to any new ideas. I do not want another woman to go through what I have or what my friend went through (she became suicidal because of what he did to her).

    I believe sharing personal stories is a powerful way to help and to heal. Thank you for listening.

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