Report Reveals Psychiatric Care’s Shocking Sexual Assault Statistics

Shocking new research has exposed a dark truth about the dangers to women in psychiatric care.

Most female patients in mental health facilities have a history of being sexually abused, so you would hope that being in care would provide a safe haven, but far from it.

A new study shows that almost half the female patients were sexually assaulted while in mental health units and more than 80 per cent lived in fear of being abused.

Most perpetrators were other patients and victims report that the systems in place to protect them are woefully inadequate.

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Medical, Health General, Mental Health

Reporter: Louise Milligan

ABC 7.30 Report

Date published:
Mon 13th May, 2013