I was reading an article today about a judge in Leonardtown who dismissed a suit by an ex-counselor. The counselor was Karl Honkala who was accused of sexually exploiting his client and losing his license for it. Yes, the professional boards took his license away but he also has an appeal in with them to get it back.
The case was dismissed because there is no law in Maryland about sexual exploitation by mental health professionals. It even states in the article that they have tried for the last several years to get one passed. Here is the article.
Now Lynette’s Law has fought for 3 years to try and pass this law but because of our legislators the bill has either never made it to the floor for a vote or was voted down. So at this time I would like to thank all of the delegates who killed Lynette’s Law HB908 and SB617 this year. I would like you to think about how you just allowed this counselor to be free for what he did to this woman. I want you to think about how many have committed suicide because they couldn’t get justice and/or couldn’t get anyone to listen to them. I want you to think of all the victims-no I’m sorry they aren’t victims because there isn’t a law, think about everyone that has been sexually exploited by a mental health professional and then look in the mirror and say I allowed that to happen. Yes, you had a hand of all these things and as long as you keep denying we need this law you will continue to have a hand in it. You might as well be sexually exploiting each and every one of them yourself. For you to keep denying this bill is like you are standing on the side lines and allowing them to do it. I hope you aren’t the kind of person to see a crime happening and just sit/stand there and watch. I do hope that this never happens to someone you know.
Read for yourself the #Maryland #Delegates who denied these bills and are allowing these people to keep sexually exploiting their clients.
If Honkala does get his license back it is because of the Maryland House of Delegates. Put people first and help make this a crime.
Lynette’s Law will be back next year to fight it again, I do hope we don’t fall into the same opposition as we did this year. It is time for all of us to stand up and take responsibility. Come help us fight this year. Keep an eye on our Facebook page.