The role of the physiotherapist in treating survivors of sexual assault

Janine Stirling, K. Jane Chalmers, Lucy Chipchase

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The Me Too Movement has facilitated an international conversation on sexual harassment and sexual assault, paving the way for change.1This topic–once shrouded in secrecy, silence and shame is currently under the spotlight, challenging society in a new and dynamic way. With open dialogue and readily accessible information, the need for healthcare professionals to know more and do more is compelling. Thus, it is time to reflect on the role that physiotherapists may play, either explicitly or implicitly, in the management of people who have undergone sexual assault. The intent of this editorial is to raise awareness and demonstrate a need for specific skills and training to meet the complex needs of women who are survivors of sexual assault trauma. The primary focus is on women’s experiences; men, however, may be similarly impacted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-2
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Physiotherapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


  • Physiotherapist
  • Survivors
  • Sexual Assault


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