The problem of patient sexual abuse at the hands of doctors has reached the point where it can no longer be ignored and covered up. It is encouraging to see mainstream media tackling this issue by bringing it to the public’s attention. But it is not surprising that patient sexual abuse has become a problem of such proportions when considering the medical community’s opinion of a woman’s right to privacy and dignity. Media coverage has also brought to light the unethical practice of medical students practicing pelvic exams on anesthetized women without the women’s knowledge or consent. In addition, doctors routinely pressure women into vaginal and breast exams without first offering informed consent, thus placing women in vulnerable positions and increasing their exposure to sexual abuse.
Links to media coverage of patient sexual abuse: