Warning: This story contains graphic descriptions of cases of sexual harassment.
Brazilian actress and activist Nina Marqueti was 16 when her pediatrician sexually abused her. In a consultation for stomach problems, Nina says that the doctor lowered her pants and touched her genitals.
At 28, he decided to represent the abuse he suffered in the play A Flor da Matriarca (“The flower of the matriarch”). Then, a campaign began for others to tell similar stories.
Through the tag #OndeDoi (“Where it hurts”), Brazilians have experiences of abuse of their doctors and health professionals. Among the abuses we find discrimination based on sexual orientation, prejudices by the physicist of the patients and sexual harassment in medical consultations.
The campaign was organized with the help of seven Brazilian feminist groups. According to the official website, the campaign will try to convert the stories into data and maps where the cases of abuse happened in Brazil and also create a support network for the survivors.
The label went viral on Twitter on December 9. The next day, the campaign created a account official to retweet these stories. Here are some:
#ondedoi for the first time that fiz ultrassom transvaginal or medical fez or exame sem lubrificação adequada e comigo chorando from dor pq ele stava com pressa já that would go embras as 17hrs.
O meu exame was marked for 17h and eu só chorava no banheiro ao throw or avental
– caliê (@caliemartins) December 11, 2019
The first time I had a transvaginal ultrasound the doctor gave me an exam without proper lubrication, I cried in pain, all because (in doctor) I was in a hurry because his shift is supposed to end at 5:00 p.m. My exam was set for 5pm and I only cried in the bathroom while I changed.
For the first time that I went to or gynecologist after losing virginity to the introductory finger or my vaginal canal and I involuntarily contracted.
Ele disse que eu ia “give muito prazer aos meus parceiros” because eu was “muito apertadinha” #ondedoi
– Krishna✨ (@kribshna) December 9, 2019
The first time I went to the gynecologist after losing my virginity, he put my finger in my vagina and involuntarily contracted.
He told me that he was going to give “a lot of pleasure to my lovers” because it was “very tight”:
At the first time I was sozinha ao gine or doctor, I dissected that I would need to use my “true certainty that I would like to be”, then I introduced my fingers and passed to me, not me, that I would just be showing myself where I was feel prazer, fiquei sem reação e never contei o ngm #ondedoi
– debˢᵖᶠᶜ 🇾🇪 (@dadsdeborah) December 9, 2019
The first time I went to the gynecologist alone, the doctor told me that I had to use my hand to “make sure everything was fine,” then he proceeded to introduce my fingers and ran my hand over my body, saying he was teaching me where I could feel pleasure. I did not react and did not tell anyone.
Depois de sofrer abortion and bleed for 1 month, when during or care, or doctor gargalhou e perguntou “more você não know or what is a coisa called camisinha?”. The elem um two directors of maternity #ondedoi https://t.co/hgzP9emons
– mari🍷 (@marioneraposo) December 9, 2019
Have you already suffered medical abuse?
Tell your story with the tag #OndeDoi (where it hurts) and help us make a map and say “enough” to the violation of our bodies.
After suffering an abortion and bleeding for a month, I cried during the medical consultation, the doctor began to laugh and asked me: “don't you know what a condom is?” He is one of the directors of the maternity area.
He got up, and fiction roçando sua intimate part erect not meu joelho. Eu felt medo and shame daquela situção. Paralyzed. #ondedoi
– Ana Luíza Cotta (@analuctt) December 10, 2019
I went to the gynecologist who recommended an acquaintance to put on an intrauterine device. Throughout the consultation I got too close to talk to me and leaned on my body. I felt that my heart was paralyzed when I examined myself and then when I stood up (naked)…
He got up and began rubbing his penis in erection in my knee. I was afraid and ashamed of the situation. Paralyzed
I was a non-medical doctor with my stomach giving muito, the man raised a blouse, touched my belly, came down to me, minha bunda and dissected “next time I could do less with less roupa” #ondedoi
– plutão (@nativadobar) December 10, 2019
I went to the doctor because my stomach hurt a lot, he told me to lift my blouse, touched my belly, lowered my hand to my butt and told me “next time you can come with less clothes”.
On the label you can also read many stories of lesbians who said they felt mocked and despised by their doctors for their sexual orientation:
First time, a non-gynecologist, eleg perguntou se eu namorava, disse que sim, uma menina. On request, look for a book on the shelf and come to read pra mim. #ondedoi
– lesbian aunt (@himynameislaurs) December 10, 2019
My first time at the gynecologist asked me if I was with someone, I said yes, with a girl. He stopped the query, looked for a Bible on the shelf and began to read it to me.
Fazia acompanhamento com uma gynecologist, I knew that I was a lesbian, mesmo assim ela refuses to examine me and it is fallacious that I have to lose a virgin. #ondedoi
– Beatriz (@beablood_) December 11, 2019
I had a consultation with a gynecologist who knew that I was a lesbian and still refused to examine me and said I had to lose my virginity.
Once I was a non-gynecologist I was a doctor Homem Eu Tinha 16 years old and I was pious about a sexual orientation by asking what I was or how I was very nice to be a lesbian depois fez exame de touch I felt 1 lixo fiquei years sem go #ondedoi
– myllena dalla (@stwrtdalla) December 9, 2019
The first time I went to the gynecologist was with a man, I was 16 years old and he made fun of my sexual orientation and I was wondering who the man and the woman in the relationship were, that I was too pretty to be a lesbian, then I took a test for touch. I felt like crap and spent years without going back to the doctor.
This user told how a doctor made fun of her self-harm:
Once I was numa gineco ela olhou minhas cicatrizes (automutilação) and disse that was td drama, that ela já tinha treated patients with doenças de vdd (cancer) and q ngm fazia isso e q n sei o q
e completou com: at the time that your quiser gets killed msm it makes me fake that I tell you I prayed #ondedoi
– hey, love (@lusbian) December 10, 2019
The first time I went to the gynecologist he looked at my wounds (self-injuries) and told me that it was all drama, that he had already treated patients with real diseases (cancer) and that nobody did that. Then he told me that if I ever wanted to kill myself again, I would tell him and he would give me the right medicines to do it.
Other users talked about how they felt judged by their physicist during their consultations:
#ondedoi or PSIQUIATRA começou to falar on meu weight e questão da saúde (more disse q n tinha nada). Why do you think that I will become pregnant with more elegant pro meu pai e pro meu namorado. PSIQUIATRA, eu saí nervosa de la chorando, was pra mim ter saido more calm
– carolena (@schneidcarolina) December 11, 2019
The PSYCHIATRA started talking to me about my weight and health problems (although he told me he had no problem). However, he told me that I had to lose weight to look more elegant for my father and my boyfriend. PSIQUIATRA, I left the clinic crying when it would have been normal to go calmer.
#ondedoi Minha first time a gynecologist ela dissected that eu tinha Syndrome two Ovaries Polycysts and sent me fazer academia e depilação a laser, pois eu no i would want to be fat and hairy
– I just wanted to form a logo (@danizinhadcd) December 11, 2019
In my first time at the gynecologist the doctor told me that I had polycystic ovarian syndrome and told me to go to the gym and do laser hair removal because if I would not be fat and hairy.
The official website of the campaign also collects news about similar cases. We can find the story of Roger Abdelmassih, a famous in vitro fertilization doctor who in 2009 was sentenced to 278 years in prison for raping 52 patients and trying to rape another 39.