Sexual Surrogate Partner Therapy: Legal and Ethical Issues

  title={Sexual Surrogate Partner Therapy: Legal and Ethical Issues},
  author={Ian Freckelton},
  journal={Psychiatry, Psychology and Law},
  pages={643 - 659}
  • I. Freckelton
  • Published 1 October 2013
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
The Ben Lewin film The Sessions has drawn attention again to the potential role for sexual surrogate partners and sex workers in enabling persons with disabilities and impairments to give expression to their sexual needs and desires. However, away from the big screen, the ethics of registered health practitioners in themselves engaging in such therapies are highly problematic. Difficult too is the role of such practitioners in being ‘the therapist’ responsible for enabling or brokering sexual… 
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