Support for Victims of Sexual Misconduct


Understanding Sexual Misconduct

For a clear understanding of sexual misconduct, please review the definitions provided by the Working Party on Sexual Misconduct in Surgery (WPSMS).

Seeking Support: Important Steps

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual misconduct, you can seek support from these resources:

Access to Psychological Support

For frontline workers, Frontline19 offers free therapy sessions, and the British Medical Association (BMA) provides free, confidential, 24/7 counselling and peer support services for doctors and medical students. Additional advice and support for the LGBT community can be found at and in Ireland.

You Are Not Alone

Surviving in Scrubs: An initiative started by doctors with firsthand experience, Surviving in Scrubs provides a platform for victims of sexual abuse to share their stories. You can find additional resources at The Survivors Trust.

Advice for Those Receiving Reports of Sexual Misconduct 

The WPSMS Support Guidance for educators and Managers can be accessed  here. This document provides guidance on supporting someone who confides in you. If you witness sexual misconduct, Protect offers confidential advice on whistleblowing, and general information is available at National Guardian.

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