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AP investigation: Doctors keep licenses despite sex abuse

Robert Rook
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Associated Press investigation finds that even as Hollywood moguls, elite journalists and politicians have been pushed out of their jobs or resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct, the world of medicine is more forgiving.

Even when doctors are disciplined, their punishment often consists of a short suspension paired with therapy that treats sexually abusive behavior as a symptom of an illness or addiction.

The investigation finds that decades of complaints that the physician disciplinary system is too lenient have led to little change in the practices of state medical boards.

The #MeToo campaign and the push to increase accountability for sexual misconduct in workplaces don’t appear to have sparked a movement toward changing how medical boards deal with physicians who act out sexually against patients or staffers.

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