Medical students are being encouraged to speaking about sexual harassment

Medical students are being encouraged to speaking about sexual harassment

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President of New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) – Elizabeth Berryman, says she supports the release of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeon’s draft report on bullying and sexual harassment.

According to the following report, almost half of fellows, trainees and international medical graduates were subjected to discrimination, bullying or sexual harassment.

This information proves the fact, that everyone has already known – there are bullying and sexual harassment in hospitals.

‘We are not surprised by these results and they are in agreement with our final survey data of 4th, 5th and 6 year clinical students, which show that 54% of medical students have faced bullying or sexual harassment’, says Elizabeth Berryman.

NZMSA encourage other Specialist Colleges to release their own reports, as well as issue apologies. If it’s possible to create policy and procedures to eliminate bullying and harassment.

Regarding to NZMSA, they believe that medical students are in a particularly vulnerable position at the bottom of the medical hierarchy. Students have to feel free to speak out when bullied. Right now, medical students are putting their future career prospects on the line by speaking out.

Sexual harassment is bullying or coercion of a sexual nature, or the unwelcome or inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors. In most modern legal contexts, sexual harassment is illegal. As defined by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), “It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex.” Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. The legal definition of sexual harassment varies by jurisdiction. Sexual harassment is subject to a directive in the European Union.