What follows is a scene from Family Guy. If you’re not into the show, bear with me. There is a point to this that will follow shortly. For now, just read and have a laugh.
Lois – Peter, my God, you look terrible. What happened?
Peter – I was raped.
Lois – What?
Peter – Dr Hartman violated me. He took my innocence.
Lois – Wh-what?
***Peter whispers in Lois’ ear***
Lois – Peter that’s a prostate exam. It’s an important part of a physical for a man your age.
Peter – YOU SOUND JUST LIKE HIM!
***Peter runs off, sobbing***
On May 20th 2003, Brian Persaud was admitted to New York Presbytarian hospital after receiving a head injury from a falling beam of wood on a construction site he worked at. He received eight stitches and doctors at the hospital started to perform a rectal examination to help determine any spinal damage or internal injury. He asked them not to perform the examination as he was uncomfortable with it but they continued the exam, even calling in other staff to hold him down and, when he resisted (injuring one doctor in the process), he was given a sedative while the exam continued. He awoke hours later handcuffed to a hospital bed, with an oxygen tube in his throat and lubricant in his rectum. Mr Persaud believes the rectal examination was completed as a retaliation for him hitting out at a doctor in his panicked state.
On Monday, after a two week long court case, the hospital was cleared of any wrong doing in the case by a Supreme Court jury and Mr Persaud was awarded none of the damages he sued the hospital for.
Seems ridiculous doesn’t it? How can a man even hope to sue over something like that? Just another funny story to relate to people. I can’t help but wonder at how differently the case would have been treated if a woman was held down, sedated and had an intrusive examination performed on her against her will though.