Sexual assault is one of the most degrading and sickening experiences both women and men alike can go through. When it comes down to people who are termed as mentally ill, it seems that there is a complete disregard for people who are considered disturbed or ‘out of their minds’.
It is frustrating that the mental condition of individuals decides whether they are protected from assault, according to our society. Psychiatric units are hell holes from what I’ve heard and seen from those who are close to me: they facilitate anxiety, fear, and isolate people who need continual support from their families and friends.
The real problem that is emerging is that women in these units are continually harassed, molested, and sexually violated by other patients, under the gaze of doctors and nurses.
This is disgusting. As a female, it disturbs me to the core. I can’t stand the unsaid idea that it is okay for a woman to be raped because she is ‘mentally ill’, like she can’t think for herself or feel anything.
It is never fucking okay. Never.
“It’s really down to us and it’s about cultural change. It’s about wanting more and valuing and the human rights and dignity of people with mental illness.”
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