A licensed psychologist in Colorado Springs was arrested December 31 and charged with sexually assaulting a client who is a combat veteran.
Dr. Janice Husted is accused of having a sexual relationship with a young man assigned to her to receive counseling related to his combat deployments.
Husted states in her online Healthcare Professions Profile that she is employed by the U.S. Department of Defense at Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson.
The victim told investigators that when sexual relations started, Husted told him to keep it a secret.
In Colorado, sexual assault on a client by a psychotherapist is a class 4 felony. Colorado law prohibits psychologists from any sexual contact with a client during the period of therapy and for two years following (Colorado Revised Statutes 12-43-222).
Sexual contact between therapists and patients appears to be far more widespread than reported. In a 1993 British study of therapist-patient sexual contact, one in four (25%) psychologists reported they had treated a patient who had been sexually involved with a previous therapist.
If you have been sexually assaulted by a psychiatrist, psychologist, or therapist, file a complaint with the police. Provide a copy of the complaint to your nearest CCHR chapter, which can assist you in getting your complaint investigated and prosecuted. (For the location of the nearest CCHR chapter, click here.)
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