I couldn't not post this as soon as I saw it because it's just too disgusting:
Ambulance Attendants Accused of Molesting Patients

What kind of country/world do we live in where this is even a possibility?! You'd think that in a situation where a person is most defenseless -- in an ambulance, presumably en route to the hospital because of an emergency -- that would be the safest place to be. The people in the ambulance with you are supposed to be the ones there to help you. You basically have to put all your trust in them, whether you're conscious or not, because there's nowhere for you to go and nothing for you to do.

So to learn that almost 130 ambulance attendants have been accused of molestation just in an 18-month period is appalling. For one, if 130 were accused, how many others have been molesting patients without being accused? Then there's the fact that it's 130 attendants, not 130 times, meaning it's quite likely that many of those attendants had done it before they were finally accused. In fact, the article mentions one man pleaded guilty to five counts of molestation! This is also the number of attendants accused, yet it's unclear what the fate of most of these attendants is/was.

I have to say, though, that as shocked and disgusted as I was while reading about this, I was completely unprepared for the quote from the EMS director in Delaware:

"Is even one case tolerable? I think most state directors would say no. But we're bound by reality here."
Could he not think of a better way of wording this? "Most" state directors would say no?? I would hope that ALL state directors would admit that even one case of molestation is intolerable. In fact, I would hope that all EMTs (minus the perverts themselves, I guess) would find one case of molestation intolerable. And, no, you're not "bound" by reality. Sure, there is a reality that exists that you're striving to change, but saying you're "bound by reality" is like saying "hey, this is really messed up and, you know, ILLEGAL, but my hands are tied b/c that's just the way things are." Somebody please fire or impeach this man as soon as possible.

But I guess I live in some crazy world where privacy should be protected, stranger's bodies are not public domain, and sexual assault should be punished. Sorry, what on earth was I thinking?

(Cross-posted at The Feminist Underground)

5 comments:

At Thu Dec 11, 09:33:00 PM The Fitness Diva said...

Absolutely appalling, but I am not surprised at all.

More perverts out here serving the public than we all want to realize, and they do take their moments when they get 'em!

 
At Thu Dec 11, 10:44:00 PM habladora said...

This is a really chilling story. Hopefully now that some light has been shed on the issue, action will be taken to ensure that this type of abuse can't happen again.

 
At Sun Dec 14, 10:35:00 PM Sungold said...

Wow. This reminds me of a case several years ago where young doctors-in-training got in trouble for doing "practice" exams on anesthetized women, without their consent. In that case, public outrage spurred reforms. Let's hope for the same here.

Glad you're feeling well enough again to post! It sounds like you had a rough ride.

 
At Wed Dec 17, 09:45:00 AM frau sally benz said...

Oh my goodness, Sungold, that's awful!! It's incredible to me that these people seem to have no problem completely violating another human being in a vulnerable state. I probably should not be at all surprised, but it just boggles my mind!

 
At Sun Jan 25, 04:07:00 PM Anonymous said...

But these are only accusations remember. They may have had to remove clothing to get the body or something and patients (not always in their right mind) might have misinterpretted it.

 

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