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The Order of Masseur-Physiotherapists registers about 30 complaints per year for sex offenses, a number that has doubled in 5 years. A campaign to prevent and combat sexual violence with physiotherapy techniques will launch on May 12th.

Thursday, May 12, 2022, the National Council of the Order of Masseur-Physiotherapists will officially launch a campaign to prevent and combat sexual violence in physiotherapy practicesfor a healthy and safe therapeutic relationship“, he explained in a press release. Typically, the 100,000 physiotherapists in France give and more to 2 million actions per day. The Order of Masseur-Physiotherapist registers the estimate 30 sex cases per year, a number that has doubled in 5 years. Without forgetting that “Only 10% of victims of sexual activity file a complaint“recalled the Order. Its President Pascale Mathieu and Secretary General Jean-François Dumas will present the tools made within the framework of work group “sexual violence“at its headquarters in Paris. The goal? “Inform patients and physiotherapists in a healthy and safe therapeutic relationship and establish recommendations for its use“.

“Many complaints of sexual assault, touching, even rape”

“By noting the numerous complaints from patients for acts of sexual assault, touching, even rape, the National Council has decided, determined, to address the subject of sexual violence. It has agreed to Keep in mind that most physiotherapists honor the profession through their integrity. and their unwavering commitment to quality care. In our offices, patients need to feel safe, listened to, cared for for their pathologies by qualified and caring professionals. This is a requirement for any therapeutic act.“by Pascale Mathieu. The work group “sexual violence“created in February 2021 by Jean-Francois Dumas. It’s done in form exchange with stakeholders (ministries, elected officials, associations, physiotherapists, etc.) to be established communication tools to physiotherapist sessions remain a safe and healthy area for the patient. “This campaign was developed with the constant concern of not stigmatizing the physiotherapist profession. Making these facts public, criticizing them, preventing them from allowing our profession to grow by responding to a once forbidden subject. I hope that through this commitment and this work change of mind, changing bad behavior, deconstructing received ideas about the treatment relationship, and informing patients about actions that are not acceptable from a health care professional“developed by Jean-François Dumas. On March 15, 2022, the Order and public prosecutor Mrs. Laure Beccuau signed a protocol for reporting sexual abuse. The National Council of the Order of Masseur-Physiotherapists is composed of 38 elected members : 30 liberal advisers and 8 employee advisorsin a representative of the Ministry of Health, with an advisory vote. He was helped by a member of the state council appointed by the Ministry of Justice. He has a deliberative voice.

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Official launch of campaign to prevent and combat sexual violence in physiotherapy practices by Order of Masseur-Physiotherapists, press release May 3, 2022

The Order of physiotherapists will soon launch a communication campaign to prevent and combat sexual violence within the practice of physiotherapy, press release, March 30, 2022

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