Introduce a bill called, " Lynette's Law" in Maryland.
I am a victim of therapist abuse. My former therapist was able to obtain two licenses and still currently has his licenses and he is a convicted felon!! He spent 4 years in prison in P.A. If therapists were required to pass a back ground check, he would have never been able to become a therapist and hurt me. Even people applying for employment at Wal-Mart have to pass a background check. Why aren't therapists, some who work with children, not required to pass one? If you check the disciplinary matters page for the Maryland Board of Professional Therapist and Counselors website, you will see that month after month, year after year therapists are being temporaily suspended for sexually abusing their clients. Please stop this!!
Therapist abuse needs to be a crime! Please watch my video. The video shows my life story and how I came to be a victim of therapist abuse. There is no help for victims of therapist abuse! The only center in Maryland that dealt with victims of "professional abuse", the Starr Center in Columbia, Maryland is now CLOSED!!
Every day, more and more people are being sexually abused by their therapists. The majority of offenders are MALE and their victims are FEMALE!
"Lynette's "Law" would require (1)that all acquiring therapists and counselors pass a mandatory back ground check before they can obtain a license(s). (2) It would criminalize the act of " dual relationship', " sex abuse", 'sexual exploitation" between a therapist and their client. (3) It would allow for victims of 'therapist abuse" to receive help by being able to be considered a "sexual assault victim". They would be able to collect from the state's victim fund, be allowed to receive services that would help with their recovery. Making therapist abuse a crime would also enable places to provide specific services to victims of therapist abuse. Victims would be able to sue the employers and the insurance companies of the therapists. (4) Making therapist abuse a crime would ensure that therapists are properly investigated and would never be allowed to practice ever again.
* UPDATE* MY FORMER THERAPIST, RICHARD J. O'MEARA HAS SURRENDERED HIS LICENSES! THE FOLLOWING IS A PUBLIC ORDER ON THE MARYLAND BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL THERAPISTS AND COUNSELORS WEBSITE!
Richard O'Meara, LCPC, CAC-AD, Voluntary Letter of Surrender, Date of Order (7/6/2012).
Licensee and certificate holder voluntarily surrendered his license and certificate permanently to avoid prosecution for violating the Professional Counselors and Therapists Act and the Code of Ethics under the Code of Maryland Regulations. The Board's investigation concluded that Mr. O'Meara engaged in a prohibited sexual and dual relationship with a female client during the course of an established client-counselor relationship, fostered a mutual dependency between client and counselor, and exploited the professional relationship for personal advantage. The Board's investigation further concluded that Mr. O'Meara failed to disclose a felony conviction for aggravated assault on his application for certification and licensure.
Richard O'Meara Letter of Surrender
MY VIDEOS WILL BE REINSTATED SHORTLY. RICHARD HAS BEEN TRYING VERY HARD TO HAVE ALL OF MY VIDEOS REMOVED FROM THEIR HOSTING SITES. PLEASE BE PATIENT WHILE I RESTORE THE 'VIDEO' FOR THERAPIST ABUSE!
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PLEASE STOP THERAPIST ABUSE!!! THIS NEEDS TO BE A CRIME!!
Watch the video on " Therapist Abuse" Here