The doctor could also be charged with a sexual offence or face a civil action for battery or harassment. Even when sex is consensual and initiated by patients, doctors take advantage of the power entrusted in them by patients and society. Doctors should always maintain sexual boundaries with their patients and resist patient-initiated attempts to breach these boundaries. The relationship between doctors and patients is unequal in terms of power and trust. With very few exceptions , a zero-tolerance approach is essential to protect a relationship grounded in trust that is so fundamental to society. But the doctor still breaches the trust that the public places in the medical profession to maintain purely professional relationships with patients.