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Debi formerly of The Burning Times has set up a project to collect women’s stories of medical and obstetric rape. MORAG:

When most women go into hospital to give birth to their babies, or to attend for a gynaecological appointment, they probably expect that the staff there will act in their best interests, be caring, and respect their wishes. For the majority of women, their time in hospital is at least comfortable, with each procedure and process being explained to them and their consent being sought for all actions. Unfortunately, for some women, that is not the case, and they can leave hospital with their new baby, or having undergone a gynaecological procedure, feeling violated, traumatised, and in shock.

The site has a good section on definitions of rape and another on whether experiences as described are “real rape“.

Some background links:

Doctor blogger exploits stories of birth rape and assault, ridicules victims

On postmodernism and medical rape

Medical rape and the medicalization of childbirth