It is currently estimated that one-third of all money awarded for medical malpractice is for damages for sexual misconduct. Indeed, sexual exploitation by professionals (defined as sexual contact with a trusted professional: doctor, lawyer, teacher, clergyman, or other, who is engaged to provide professional services) has come to be recognized as a problem of great magnitude in recent years. The sheer numbers of cases that have been reported, to say nothing of the vast majority which doubtless remain hidden, make it a problem of scandalous proportion.
Although both men and women can be victimized by professionals who are supposed to serve them, because of the dynamics of male/female relationships, as well as the usual hierarchy of greater status and position of men, the vast majority of victims are women. The great number of reported cases has made it possible to examine, ponder, and theorize about what makes so many women vulnerable to this kind of victimization. On the other hand, it has been much more difficult to understand what leads these men to jeopardize their status, power, and position and even their livelihood by engaging in sexually exploitative behavior.
Careful examination of the life stories, and specifically the underlying motivations, of both victims and perpetrators involved in a variety of