'My dignity ripped out': Woman claims nurse took vagina pic
A WOMAN says she has had her dignity ripped out after a nurse allegedly took a picture of her genitals while she was "asleep on the operating table".
"I was having surgery to check for uterine cancer," the petition on change.org read.
"My legs were widespread in stirrups [and] I was unconscious.
"A middle aged female nurse used her personal smart phone to take a snapshot [of my genitals] whilst I was asleep on the operating table. She showed the image to other nurses in the hospital," the petition read.
The petition, which has garnered more than 19,000 signatures, asked why, under NSW law, the nurse faced no criminal action.
Under Queensland law, it is illegal to take a photo of someone's genitals, even if it's not for "sexual gratification".
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I was having surgery to check for uterine cancer. My legs were widespread in stirrups. I was unconscious.
A middle aged female nurse used her personal smart phone to take a snapshot whilst I was asleep on the operating table. She showed the image to other nurses in the hospital.
Why is this legal in NSW but not in VIC or QLD?
The police can't lock this woman up. There are simply no laws to cover it.
Photographing someone's genitals is only a crime if done for sexual gratification. This is such a disgusting situation all round.
If the act is not criminal then this so called health professional gets to keep working. She is still working as a theatre nurse. Would you want her or others like her beside you when you have to go under sedation?
My dignity has been ripped out. I want it back.
Please sign and share my petition asking the NSW Attorney General to address this disgracefully overlooked gap in NSW criminal and privacy law. I will be taking your signature directly to the Attorney General Gabriel Upton MP when I meet with her.