The Order of physiotherapists mobilizes against sexual violence


INTERVIEW – Pascale Mathieu, president of the National Council of the Order of Masseur-Physiotherapists (CNOMK), explains why the organization will distribute tools to fight against sexual violence, for patients and professionals.

LE FIGARO.- Why this awareness campaign on the part of the CNOMK?

Pascale MATHIEU.- We have been interested in the subject for several years. Even if attacks remain very rare among physiotherapists – around 30 complaints for 2 million acts per year – it is still too much. At the beginning of 2021, we received an influx of reports, some fifteen years old, when Camille Kouchner’s book was released The Big Family on the incest suffered by his brother. We therefore wanted to make prevention tools available to professionals and their patients.

What is it about?

There is a guide, which details what a healthy and secure therapeutic relationship is, an evaluation questionnaire to be completed by the patient and a “deontometer” graduated from 1 to 14 to help him detect ambiguous situations. For example, a professional who makes jokes of a sexual nature is rated 7; who takes photos without consent…

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