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Recognizing inappropriate behavior during urology tests

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2024 | Sexual Abuse

When facing a reproductive health concern, it may be time to visit a urologist. Your urologist may recommend a series of diagnostic tests that, though uncomfortable, are crucial for a proper assessment of your condition. Even so, there are occasions when medical professionals act in ways they shouldn’t.

Urological examinations involve vulnerable parts of the body. Being aware when something isn’t right during your check-up is crucial. If a procedure feels off, remember that you can take action.

Inappropriate patient interactions often go unreported

As a patient, you trust medical professionals such as urologists to prioritize your care and comfort. After all, they must adhere to a standard of care and ensure no harm befalls their patients.

Sadly, there are numerous reports of patients, including children, who have faced unwanted sexual attention and touching from a urologist. Such cases highlight the importance of staying alert and recognizing when someone is overstepping your boundaries.

A urologist should always talk you through a procedure and take your privacy and comfort seriously. Here are some potential red flags to watch out for during your appointment:

  • Touching you without gloves or consent
  • Ignoring your concerns
  • Performing unnecessary physical contact
  • Refusing to let you bring someone with you for support
  • Undressing you without need
  • Asking personal questions that are unrelated to your care

If any of these things happen, or if you feel uneasy at any point, you have every right to speak up and protect yourself.

What steps can you take after experiencing unprofessional conduct?

Experiencing sexual abuse or harassment from a urologist is traumatizing. If you are hurt or in immediate danger, your safety comes first. Call 911 as soon as you can. Find a safe location where you can stay and seek support, such as the home of a friend, family member or even the nearest police station.

Even without physical injuries, it is crucial to seek medical care. Considering what you have been through, taking this step may be difficult. It should be fine to bring someone you trust to accompany you and speak up on your behalf.

Should you decide to take legal action, undergoing a sexual assault forensic exam could provide you with vital evidence to strengthen your case.

Taking action after such an incident is difficult in many ways, but the sooner you do, the better law enforcement can preserve evidence. Having a compassionate and reliable attorney by your side can make a difference in helping your voice be heard and that your rights are upheld as you seek justice.