Victims Push "Lynette's Law" Against Therapist Abuse

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Some victims of therapist abusers are fighting back, hoping to change Maryland laws in hopes to make therapist abuse a crime.

The group, known as Lynette's Law, already helped pass a bill last year by legalizing criminal background checks for mental health professionals. But their other bill, H.B. 60, which directly addresses sexual abuse on mental health clients failed in the Senate.

Group founder, Heather Sinclair, who says she was abused by her therapist,  plans to rework the piece of law: instead of a fourth degree sex offense, therapist abuse would become a felony.

"When you're abused by mental health professionals, it can make it very difficult for you to trust any other professionals and currently there isn't help out there when this happens to people," Sinclair said.

On top of passing the law, Sinclair says she plans to start up a national nonprofit called National Alliance Against Exploitation by Professionals, or NAAEP, in hopes to help abused victims.


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