April 19
10:09 2018

Men are also victims of sexual harassment

To the editor:

All of us who rely upon the local news as a monitor on morality have heard and borne witness to the fault lines in our great Nation. Core values, common decency, and social mores have been set spinning.

The causes, multitudinous and complex, demonstrate divisions not seen since the Civil War. Citizens are out of sync with one another – gross absence of social consensus. The Nation and communities are undergoing trial if not tribulation.

A while before the sexual harassment allegation epidemic instancing another fracture in our American solidarity began becoming daily news, I, a male patient, experienced sexual harassment by a female employee at a regional hospital in a small town in the western Carolina mountains.

What was yelled at me and the actions following, without any provocation constituted assault, premeditated discrimination, infliction of intentional pain and suffering, and sexual harassment by this hospital’s employee on a patient.

At the top of her lungs , in a waiting room full of patients, she screamed out at me, “You are a MALE SEXIST CHAUVINIST PIG.” Within one minute, hospital security was compelling me to depart. The party was deaf to my physical suffering and assumed that I was responsible as patient where the power lay with the employee. Now these were “fighting words,” not only not heard in bars, but in a HOSPITAL to a patient! Odds are one in 50 million. But at a small subsidiary hospital of a nationally top ranked North Carolina Health System in a western North Carolina mountain town (not in Winston-Salem) – utterly unbelievable!

Upon review by Hospital CEO and subsidiary ethics unit, after initial  misrepresentation , it was determined that this employee called me, before a host of waiting patients, a  “MALE SEXIST CHAUVINIST PIG.”

Required to immediately depart, I left physically suffering, slandered, humiliated and in a state of shock and profound disheartenment. Needless to say my attempts to obtain an apology were ignored to the top of the leadership of this hospital – the chancellor of the 17th-top ranked Health System in the Nation.

My purpose to the public is not to grieve before it, but cite an example of how terribly torn we are as a society, as a culture, as a people, and as a country. Fragmented, fractured, and in chaos, I hope and pray that we can mend our ways before the patterns in motion overwhelm us.    

Paul Blank, Franklin, N.C.

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