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[Perspectives] Police surgeons and sexual violence: a history

On June 12, 1993, the editors of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published an personal account by a male doctor of being sexually assaulted by a colleague. In light of the sensitive nature of the account, the editors allowed the victim to remain anonymous. The doctor described how a medical friend had sexually abused him when they were sharing a room during a medical conference. Although the doctor was angry, he fretted about whether he was partly culpable for being assaulted. After all, he admitted, he had been drinking alcohol and, during the attack, had frozen instead of vigorously resisting.

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