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Doctor jailed for sexually molesting patients

10 May 2012, 11:28

Published: 10 May 2012 11:28 GMT+02:00

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The doctor, 41, was sentenced to two years in prison by Eskilstuna district court in central Sweden, after having reportedly touched women’s genitals and breasts inappropriately during examinations.

He also allegedly raped one woman, according to the Expressen newspaper.

The 41-year-old was arrested in January and held in custody for a month. It was during the subsequent investigation when more people came forward and reported the doctor for inappropriate touching during examinations.

The incidents occurred between 2008 and 2010 in four separate medical clinics around Sweden.

It is also alleged that the doctor forced some of the women to touch his own genitals and in several of the cases the victims have been disabled or elderly, according to Expressen.

Two of the women had been molested six times each before they sought justice.

The doctor denied all crimes, and stated in court that any touching of the women was accidental.

On Wednesday, the man was sentenced to two years in prison for sexual molestation and sentenced to pay the women damages, which range from 5,000 to 55,000 kronor ($720-$7,930).

His license to practice medicine has been revoked.

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“The woman that I’ve spoken with felt that she has been vindicated in the court’s decision. I suppose the other women will feel similarly as time passes,” said Lucie H Skantz, one of the women’s lawyers, to Expressen.

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14:26 May 10, 2012 by jesseblu
Cannot fathom why 2 women would return 5 times to the same Doctor that molested them if they hated it so much the first time. Have I missed something?
14:57 May 10, 2012 by Shibumi
Abusers choose their victims wisely (article mentions "disabled or elderly") and keep them off kilter so that they are not quite sure what is happening to them and if the touching is appropriate. He probably used his authority as a doctor to make them feel that he was not doing anything wrong and he probably slowly escalated the abuse to further keep them off balance. If the victims were the type of people who would immediately stand up to a doctor and say "I am not comfortable with what you are doing, stop now." then they would not have been chosen by the abuser and would not be victims. Abusers carefully gauge the reaction to the slightest infraction to see if they are likely to encounter resistance. This happens in situations of physical as well as sexual abuse. Early resistance usually insures that one will not become a victim as the abuser moves on to an easier target. That is why it is important to teach children to firmly express resistance as soon as they are made to feel uncomfortable. And also to not be afraid to question authority.
15:44 May 10, 2012 by acidcritic
I don`t understand at all how a ginecologysts could do his job without touching women`s parts. If the guy do that with the tongue, or his penis, okay, I agree that we can talk about molestation. Otherwise not. The only way to avoid this kind of problem is to close the career of ginecolgy to men.
16:05 May 10, 2012 by Terri85
@Acidcritic, I wonder if you have been to gynecologist. I guess not, otherwise you for sure will understand the difference. Actually its quite unpleasant
17:03 May 10, 2012 by Shibumi

Obviously you are a man or you would know that gynecological exams are not pleasurable for the patient but quite uncomfortable and even sometimes painful. The gynecologist's touch should be impersonal as it is meant to examine the patient's parts, not elicit a sexual response. The most sensitive part of the female anatomy rarely has medical problems and seldom do medical examinations legitimately involve touching the clitoris at all. Accidental touches can happen, but actions like stroking or caressing (especially repeated stroking) are medically unnecessary and completely inappropriate. Imagine the difference between a regular handshake and one where the person's touch lingers and caresses your hand... focusing on the sensitive spot inside your wrist. If you do not have an intimate relationship with the person doing that to you, you would likely feel uncomfortable at best. Not having male parts myself, I'm not sure what else to compare it to, but I'm sure that if you had your male bits examined by a doctor, you would know the difference between an impersonal medical exam touch and a touch meant to elicit a sexual response.
21:25 May 10, 2012 by dizzymoe33
In the US you must have a female nurse present for the examination to avoid these types of issues. A male doctor doesn't have to use his tongue or penis to rape or molest someone!! I don't like to man-bash but sometimes you men really need to walk a mile in a woman's shoes to go through these kinds of examinations and understand how very unpleasant and uncomfortable they are and how vulnerable you are during these examinations.

The problem is they need to change the rules that require a female nurse available at the beginning, middle and end of the examinations to ensure no wrong doing towards the patient. It not only protects the patient but it protects the doctor as well.
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