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(en) Greece, APO, Land & Freedom - Sindos, Department of Obstetrics The university also contains (para) rapists [machine translation]

Date Sat, 8 May 2021 09:53:59 +0300

In September 2020, interviews of former female students of the obstetrics department of ATEITH (now DI.PA.E.) were published on the internet, concerning allegations of sexual harassment. The first incidents date back several years. These involve a professor of the department who also practices the profession of private gynecologist in the city. ---- The former female students complain that the said professor approached female students and isolated them in his private practice. To achieve this she used various pretexts, such as the provision of free gynecological examinations, help with classes and the educational training of female students. According to the complaints, his approach then deviated from the original purpose of the visit, violating the medical protocol during the gynecological examination and insulting the sexual dignity of the complainants.
It is important to emphasize that the complaints concern serial abuse of the sexual act. We prefer to avoid the transfer of details, as we read them in the media and as they have been described to us. In any case, these included non-consent to the acts committed and harassment in order to impose the perpetrator's power.
These events were not isolated in the end and the situation has taken legal action. The trial has already received two adjournments since September and the next trial is set for June 24. To this day, the accused remains irrevocable in his position, not only as a professor of the obstetrics department in Thessaloniki, but also as an active private doctor in the city. His attitude inside the classroom is particularly provocative. In every circumstance given to him during his lectures, he refers to his court disputes, characterizing them as "unfair" to his person. He attributes them to pointless disputes created revengefully by his former female students, who allegedly projected aspirations for academic and professional development,
Only his lawyer appears in court and in the media. With its placement, it also conveys the clear attitude of its client. He characterizes the accusations as false and unfounded and invokes the scientific and professional prestige of his client in order to reduce their credibility. In fact, the defense line ends with the lawyer emphasizing that each of the complainants filed a lawsuit hiding her own backward intentions. In this way, lawyer and defendant try to downplay the seriousness of the charges.
This rhetoric stems from the rhetoric built by the culture of rape. Based on this, the victims, when they get the courage to report the facts, are targeted as responsible for their rape and for that they have to be silent. In the same context, the question "why now" arises, which aims to disorient us as to the guilt of the only person responsible for these acts, namely the rapist. So, in the end, those who are convicted are the women themselves who were raped and the judiciary triumphs for its success in delivering justice.
Following the publication of the facts, current obstetrics students addressed the president of the department and the rector of the institution for the immediate removal of the professor, while complaints against him are pending, without, however, their proposals being heard. Specifically, the rectory authorities invoked the principle of the presumption of innocence of the Greek criminal procedural system, ignoring the fact that it can work the other way around, favoring the accused in the trial. Above all, however, their desire to invoke and abide by the law is remarkable, while at the same time they provocatively ignore the law which stipulates that those who hold a position in an educational level and are accused of crimes against sexual freedom are put on a self-imposed holiday (Law 3528/2007, article 103). Of course, it would be better to put aside discussions about the academic ethics that a university institution is supposed to promote, but also the indifference of the university authorities to exposing the current students of that professor to a possible danger.
Following the publication of all the above, we consider that we must take a public position on the issue and we are called to do so as we are directly affected by this situation. And this need of ours contradicts what we have received so far as an attitude from institutions and non-institutions, regarding the case. The attitude of the rectory authorities was analyzed above. As for the fellow professors of the accused in the department, the medical association to which he belongs and the other medical and obstetric associations of the country, their silence is scandalous. All this makes us wonder which, social and not only, correlations can be found behind. Let us not forget that the way in which the proceedings of the case began contained something paradoxical about the ideals of the judiciary. The first complaints came anonymously, exposing the problems of the operation itself. After all, justice is structured from above for them and the law is made to defend the interests of the powerful. As a result, we have seen many times how the law is applied in cases of sexual crimes. Victims in the courts suffer a second humiliation and a degrading treatment that reaches such a degree of twist that they are finally treated as perpetrators. The law, thus, is the institution,
relations, discrimination, hierarchies and privileges.
Analyzing further the circumstances, we find that systemic medicine is not at all cut off from gender and class discrimination, on the contrary it is structured in such a way as to reinforce them. Thus, incidents of sexist and authoritarian behaviors by doctors are not isolated cases nor are they due to any mental peculiarity. Through social competition, medicine, and more specifically gynecology, is in many cases used as a field of sexist behaviors. In this context, rape is inextricably linked to the imposition of power and is an extreme form of the imposition of patriarchal power. The educational system performs a similar function,
Returning to our initial view of the situation in higher education institutions, we see that there are many cases of sexual harassment, teacher arbitrariness and partisan exploitation, a fact that has recently emerged in other universities in the country. We consider that the above are not at all unrelated to the semantic extensions of the new educational law. We remind you that the Kerameos-Chrysochoidis law seeks to impose order in the universities through practices, the purpose of which is obvious to us. We can not imagine how, in such cases, female students who decided to take action against teachers with abusive or authoritarian behavior would escape the threat of the disciplinary board and would not come to second thoughts about their claims. Nor can we believe that the original expediency of these laws deviates much from the above.
In conclusion, in the public interview, the perpetrator's lawyer promised that this trial will have many surprises. We agree! The move to write this text came unexpectedly, as our presence in the courtrooms during the trial will be unexpectedly supportive, as well as our stand next to every rape victim who puts them in front of the claim of his personal dignity and reputation. with monsters.
We clearly state our full solidarity in the judicial - and not only - struggle of the victims highlighted by the events. And this of course reflects our attitude towards any authoritarian behavior that falls into our perception.

Solidarity is our weapon

Struggle against patriarchy and the system that gives birth to it

Liberal scheme of students of DI.PA.E.

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