Is making women bend over and spread their buttocks in front of their real doctor for a rectal exam considered sexual abuse especially medical malpractice?

Yes, it is.

This is my opinion, but it sounds like either a very lazy physician or one who doesn't practice with much sensitivity! It almost sounds like the detached-attitude during 'squat-spread-and cough' exams in prisons. Even a prostate exam for a male does NOT include bending over and spreading butt cheeks!

Typically, to examine the anus and rectum, a woman lies on her side, one buttock is lifted and a gloved finger may be inserted into the anus for a stool exam. A gyne does the rectal exam while the woman is lying on her back with feet in the stirrups. ALSO, for professional and patient safety, a NURSE should be present!


Whoever did this emotionally violated your personal boundaries. However.... the doctor may be able to successfully defend his actions to the State Medical Board. Besides being embarrassing to discuss, you'd have to put your complaint in writing AND perhaps go through more "trauma" to get any justice. PLUS, you likely will not be told IF they took action against the doctor. So it is often a dissatisfying outcome.


Your options:

  1. Report it to the Police. Why-- You will make a record and there may be a way to bring charges that way.
  2. Complain to the Director of the clinic or hospital. However, don't expect that place to ever treat you again.
  3. Call the State Medical Board and request complaint forms. Let them investigate.
  4. Discuss the case with an Attorney of Law.


TO ALL PATIENTS:: If you are uncomfortable about an exam a doctor wants to do, especially if you are asked to do something that just doesn't sound correct to do---- you do NOT have to consent to it ! In fact, ANY patient can say NO to ANY part of ANY physical exam. (You may face consequences in some circumstances; for example, a doctor might refuse to see you again.)


IF you state "I do not want you to touch me" but the doctor touches you anyway, it can be a tort (a legal offense). This refusal should ONLY be used if what you are asked to do or what a medical person (doctor or nurse) is doing to your body seems totally outside of normal practices OR that it makes you extremely uncomfortable. At the point that you say "do not touch me", the exam should stop. The medical staff should try to talk with you and hear why you are refusing. A good doctor will attempt to work through the issue with you. For example: Many rape victims have trouble with exams / touch.