Of Doctors By Doctors: International

Following their research into sexual abuse in the medical profession,  A/Prof Louise Stone, Prof Kirsty Douglas, and Prof Christine Phillips are extending their work with an international collaboration. The new book, Sexual Abuse of Doctors By Doctors: International Perspectives and Experiences, will feature research teams from over 15 countries, engaging with the sociocultural, geopolitical and historical contexts that impact the narrative journey of doctors who have been sexually harmed by other doctors. 


Why a book?

The sexual harassment of doctors by doctors involves multiple dilemmas across multiple actors, and as such, sophisticated and effective solutions require rich understandings of this complexity. By expanding the focus of their initial pilot study to include broader contextual elements, as well as implementing cross-cultural collaboration, the project aims to provide a more reflexive and in-depth understanding of the narrative trajectory of doctors who have experienced sexual violence.

Movements such as #MeToo, #MeoQueridoProfesor, #UtanTystnadsplikt, and #BeyondZeroTolerance have exposed entrenched toxicity across a range of workplaces, and a variety of approaches to addressing abuse. The approach of this book is shaped by the editors’ recognition of the sociocultural and regulatory complexities embedded in sexual harm between doctors, and their deep conviction that solutions will be found through understanding contextual factors and exploring diverse perspectives. This book engages with doctors and experts in non-medical fields alike, recruiting the efforts of researchers in areas where funding for projects like this is limited or non-existent. We aim to respectfully elevate the voices of a diverse corps of researchers, on a topic so often relegated to silence.

With this project, we hope to provide a platform for diverse perspectives to inform a richer dialogue on the range of factors that can influence the efficacy of efforts to address sexual harms of doctors by doctors. By generating an anthology of narratives and situating them within their cultural contexts, the project aims to provide nuanced insight to guide policy-makers, educators, activists and the medical community alike.


About the book

Of Doctors By Doctors: International is a research anthology, allocating a chapter to each collaborator or group of collaborators.

The book is comprised of 4 key sections.

Section 1 provides a brief holistic introduction to the issue of sexual harms of doctors by doctors in a broadly international scope.

Section 2 discusses dilemmas encountered at different systemic levels when attempting to address the issue.

Section 3 presents case studies from different countries around the globe, aiming to provide insight into the cultural, sociohistorical, and institutional influences on the experiences of doctors who have been sexually harmed by other doctors.

Section 4 provides insight from current medical students, grassroots activists, and leaders, on their perspectives on the issue and their views on how to create change.


Our contributors hail from all over the world

Sections 1, 2, and 4, contain chapters written by contributors in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Poland, and the UK, and come from a range of different disciplines including law, medical regulation, organisational psychology, medical education, psychiatry, and gender medicine.

The chapters in Section 3 are organised by WHO region, and are the greatest source of diverse perspectives in this project. These chapters currently include researchers from Nigeria, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania, Egypt, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, the USA, Mexico, Austria, the UK, Germany, and Sweden.


Beyond the Book

The Observatory

Although we have necessary restrictions on the content included in the book itself, this project is part of a broader international dialogue, and we want to continue its momentum.

We are currently in the process of extending this project in the form of an observatory, to ensure that publication of the book does not close the door on other stories being told, and heard.


Continuing the Dialogue

Our contributors are involved in a number of projects around the issue of sexual harms in medicine, including publications, conference posters, symposium presentations, and more.


Contributors needed

In the interest of representing a diverse and balanced set of perspectives, we welcome contact from researchers who we do not already have within our network.

We have necessary restrictions on the content included in the book itself, and we have only a few chapters left to be allocated. However, this project is part of a broader international dialogue, and we want to continue its momentum. We intend to use this site to continue to update research relating to the project through the observatory, even after the book has been published.