To believe or not to believe: the onlooker’s role in cases of sexual boundary violations

Rakhi Ghoshal

Abstract

This triple-tiered 18-minute documentary explores the issue of sexual boundary violation (SBV) in the healthcare setting. SBV is a complex terrain and the evaluation of the incidents falling in its domain rely on the imperatives of objective, rational and legal decision-making as these incidents are often considered an individual’s subjective perception of a gesture, an activity or spoken words. Consequently, it is not uncommon to find those acting as decision-makers and the jury getting caught in the slippage between their perception of the accuser’s “perception” and the objectivity warranted by the law. In the process, the “reality”/”truth” of SBV gets lost.

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