IMHO, this is sexual abuse.
President Obama has called Valencia College a ‘national model for women.’ But now the school has been hit with a federal lawsuit brought by two students that has put this Orlando, Florida, college under the microscope. In a lawsuit against Valencia College, two female students are alleging that invasive, humiliating and sometimes painful genital examinations were made mandatory in a sonography class. UPI writes:
“Valencia positioned these transvaginal probes as voluntary, but its actual policy and practice was that they were not,” according to the lawsuit, which also said college staff told students “they could find another school if they did not wish to be probed” after students complained.
The suit alleges that threats were made of “academic penalties” and future employment opportunity “blacklisting” over lack of “volunteering.” This is in addition to inappropriate comments made by college staff during the probing, according to My Fox Tampa Bay. NBC-2 details the comments:
“Defendant Ball’s comments can only be described as bizarre during some of these forced probing sessions,” the lawsuit states.
“She allegedly approached one student … during a probing session and stated (she) was ‘sexy’ and should be an ‘escort girl’ (prostitute).”
My Fox Tampa Bay notes that “anatomically correct simulators” were available for the class to use, as well as access to real patients at hospitals during clinical practice.