How a clinic visit can mimic being sold for sex

  • Private room with the door closed, without the HCP asking permission to close the door

  • Power dynamic between the patient and HCP

  • The HCP tells the patient what to do throughout the encounter with every expectation that the patient will comply

  • Patient may be laying on their back in a vulnerable position

  • Patient is being touched—this may be more retraumatizing if the HCP doesn’t ask for consent

  • Patient is undressed, often in a flimsy gown with no underwear