Legislators in the state of Delaware understand what it means to help protect its citizens from sexually exploitative mental health professionals and have passed Lynette’s Law in The First State! That now makes 28 states that have now made this abuse a crime!
This bill creates a felony level offense for a person that is a health professional and in the course of providing professional health services to the victim, intentionally has sexual contact with the victim. This bill adds to the existing crime of unlawful sexual contact in the second degree and makes the conduct described therein as a felony offense, rather than a misdemeanor, due to the vulnerability of the victim as a patient seeking services from a health professional.
At 9:40 PM on June 30, 2015, the Delaware Senate passed the bill unanimously. Take a look at the bill information here: http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/LIS148.NSF/93487d394bc01014882569a4007a4cb7/16bc8a7f50d6025585257e1400689764?OpenDocument