The woman looked at her husband with an anxious expression, one that became more anxious as this continued. The husband, looking uncertain as to what to do in this unusual and uncomfortable situation, seemed to be avoiding her looks. Finally the resident stopped the rubbing and the labor story went back to normal.
This happened when I was a third year medical student. If it happened today, I'd haul the resident into the hallway and tell him to knock it off, but I'm sorry to say I didn't do anything about it then. Partly, it was because as a third year student you are pretty low on the totem pole. I mean, this resident would be filling out an evaluation on me - a bad excuse, I know - and he probably would have denied he was doing anything wrong. Partly I didn't do anything because like the husband, I could hardly believe it was happening. Also, this was long before Clarence Hill was confirmed as a Supreme Court justice and sexual harassment came to the fore of America's consciousness.
I'm glad to say that personally I have seen practically no instances of a physician taking sexual advantage of a patient, other than the episode above. Maybe women will tell me otherwise, but I suspect it doesn't happen too often, at least not in the labor and delivery area where I would see it. That's not a surprise to me. No offense to anyone, but a very pregnant, laboring woman is simply neither sexy nor tempting.
Physicians who do take sexual advantage of women must be real scumbags. It's pretty sad that they have to resort to it to get their jollies, because frankly, having an M.D. behind your name gives you a bit of a head start with many women whom you might be trying to impress in a legitimate dating sort of way. I have little sympathy for them if they are caught. Off with their heads, I say, or at least off with their licenses.