Students ‘made to probe vaginas of fellow undergraduates’ sue college for their ‘significant psychological damage’

A group of female medical students who were made to probe each other’s vaginas as part of ‘classroom training’ are taking legal action.

Two female undergraduates have filed the law suit against Valencia College and three of its course instructors in Orlando, Florida.

Legal papers allege the medical diagnostic students were forcibly probed in class, causing them significant psychological damage.

The women claim they were made to submit ‘transvaginal probes’ as part of classroom training for a medical procedure.

Local news station KTLA5 said the lawsuit alleges students at the college were submitted to sexual organ examinations under threat of having their grades reduced or of being blacklisted by future employers.

The instructors named in the lawsuit are Maureen Bugnacki, Linda Shaheen and Barbara Ball.

CNN said none have made a comment on the case.

Peer physical examination is an accepted practice in the medical field.

But several recent reports cited by the U.S. National Library of Medicine mention a growing need for clear policies regarding peer physical examination at medical schools.

The legal papers filed in the US go into some detail and describe one second-year student known as ‘the TransVag Queen’.

It is claimed the college believed students should “undergo invasive transvaginal ultrasound procedures in order to become better sonography technicians.”

The lawsuit said: “Valencia positioned these transvaginal probes as voluntary, but its actual policy and practice was that they were not.”

During the probes there was no “modicum of privacy” say the papers

Plaintiffs would “disrobe in a toilet, drape themselves in towels, and traverse the sonography classroom in full view of instructors and other students”.

And the suit continues: “A student would place a condom over the probe and then apply generous amounts of lubrication to the probe.

“In some cases, the student would have to sexually ‘stimulate’ plaintiffs in order to facilitate inserting the probe into plaintiffs’ vaginas.”

KTLA5 said according to the suit, the women “experienced discomfort and embarrassment each time they had to endure this forced probing of their sexual organs.”

Comments were also made, on occasion, and were “described as bizarre during some of these forced probing sessions”.

CNN said Valencia College would also not comment.

Attorney Chris Dillingham, representing the two women who filed the suit, told the station: “I filed the complaint in federal court because we are dealing with the government: Valencia State College.

“This is a constitutional federal rights claim.

“The vaginal probes and my client’s right to refuse them without retribution; their First and Fourth Amendments were violated.”

He added: “Although it was stated in orientation it was voluntary, it became increasingly clear it was not.

“This is a very expensive program, these are young women.

“I’m not a doctor but they have suffered significant psychological damage.”

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Michael Harvey

Michael Harvey has been a contributing writer and journalist for the Pluto Daily since January 2014.