Consent for the Pelvic Examination

Hello my zebras and spoonies! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today. I’m glad that you’re here.

But today, I’m gonna be talking about something that is potentially a trigger for people. I’m going to be talking about trauma stuff and we’re going to be talking about rape. So if these are things that are sensitive to you, you might want to go hang out somewhere else for a while. But otherwise, let’s get into it.

I think this topic is super important for any of us that have a vagina. What I’m going to be talking about today is, consents for the pelvic examination while the patient is under anesthesia by medical students. So there’s this thing going on in healthcare right now that I personally find quite distressing and mind boggling and I’m not really sure how it’s been a thing. But what’s going on is that when people are being put under anesthesia, students are being a allowed to give those individuals pelvic examinations without them giving explicit consent for them to do so. Yeah, so we wouldn’t do this while they were awake. I’m not sure why anybody would think that this would be okay to do when they’re unconscious. And I just, it’s mind boggling to me because everything that we do in healthcare requires informed consent. And that can’t happen if you are under anesthesia.

I just I’m not even sure that there are words for this, but it’s a thing. Um, I could give you a whole bunch of links for it. But really just Google it. There’s a bunch of stuff on it out there. I will share one link and that is a little bit of research that’s been done about the frequency of how often this is actually happening. And yeah, yeah, the answer is that it’s happening quite a lot. And I find that super disturbing.

Consent for the Pelvic Examination Under Anesthesia by Medical Students

The majority of the states in our country don’t even require that physicians get consent for this, which is mind boggling to me. Especially when you consider what the definition of rape.

The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.

Department of Justice Archives

If we look at that definition of rape, as defined by the Department of Justice, it is very clear to me that when someone is giving a pelvic exam without consent it meets the legal definition of rape. And yet, people are not being held accountable for doing this for doing this to individuals without their consent. It’s absolutely egregious. It shouldn’t be allowed and I think that it’s super important that anyone who has a vagina is aware that this is a thing and that is happening way, way more often than we really even remotely want to think about. In fact, the majority of medical students when surveyed are stating that this is a thing.

Yeah. So that’s all I kind of got say. It’s just I just wanted you all to know that this is happening and you know, be mindful and protect yourselves and yeah, Wow. Just wow. And, you know, the medical field wonders why patients are getting to where we don’t trust them. It’s because of this, this this stuff. This is why we are struggling to have trust in our physicians.

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