Doctors and patients sexually harass nurses. Almost half the nurses said so in the recent survey by Ko Jin-hee, a nursing school graduate from Donga University in her master's thesis "A case study of office sexual harassment of nurses."
Of the 347 participants, 55.3 percent, 192 nurses said they were sexually assaulted within two years. The problem has long ailed the nurses. Of the nurses who have worked less than five years, 42 percent of them said so; those who have worked five to ten years, 70 percent; those who have worked more than ten years, 68 percent said so.
Specifics varied: some assailants tried to lure the nurses to blind spots; some acted like they wanted sexual services; some tried to have sexual intercourse.
The incidents most frequently happened at after-work gatherings, 51 percent of them. Some 38 percent women said it happened during work.
Doctors constituted the most assailants followed by patients, patients' guardians, and hospital workers. Most of the assaulted didn't take action. Only 43 percent of them exhibited the repulse against the attackers.
Some 11 percent of them pretended to go along. They just gave up mentioning at all out of hopelessness or fear of mess up the mood.