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A cause of action against a psychotherapist for sexual exploitation exists for a patient or
former patient for injury caused by sexual contact with the psychotherapist, if the sexual contact
(1) during the period the patient was receiving psychotherapy from the psychotherapist; or
(2) after the period the patient received psychotherapy from the psychotherapist if (a) the
former patient was emotionally dependent on the psychotherapist; or (b) the sexual contact
occurred by means of therapeutic deception.
The patient or former patient may recover damages from a psychotherapist who is found
liable for sexual exploitation. It is not a defense to the action that sexual contact with a patient
occurred outside a therapy or treatment session or that it occurred off the premises regularly used
by the psychotherapist for therapy or treatment sessions.
History: 1986 c 372 s 2