Hi, we are Dr Becky Cox and Dr Chelcie Jewitt, two doctors on a mission to raise awareness of and end sexism, sexual harassment, and sexual assault in healthcare.
We are both survivors of these behaviours. During our time at medical school and as junior doctors we were subject to sexism, harassment and even sexual assault at work.
Together we co-founded Surviving in Scrubs- a campaign to raise awareness and end sexism, sexual harassment and sexual assault in healthcare. We set up a website https://www.survivinginscrubs.co.uk where healthcare workers who have experienced these issues perpetrated by fellow colleagues can share their stories anonymously. We have been going for just over 10 months and have more than 150 stories showing widespread sexist discrimination and sexual violence in healthcare. This isn’t just doctors, we have stories from almost every area of healthcare including nurses, healthcare assistants, and ambulance workers. Many survivors experience fear, shame, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and may even consider leaving their jobs.
This is NOT acceptable.
We are working with NHS England, the BMA, the GMC, the medical royal colleges, and the ambulance services to name just a few. We are working on better support for survivors, developing sexual safety policies, reporting systems, training, education, and campaigning for action from healthcare regulators and the government. We need to ensure our dedicated healthcare workers are no longer being harmed whilst trying to provide the essential and life saving healthcare we all need.
And so we need your help!
So far we have been running the campaign in our spare time with our amazing team of volunteers without any funding, so it is about time we started asking for your donations!
We are fundraising to:
- Develop support for healthcare staff survivors of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
- Design and produce educational and training modules for healthcare staff and organisations.
- Develop resource packs for hospitals, community clinics and GP surgeries.
- Running costs of our campaign so we can continue to advocate for survivors and push for change from the NHS and the government.
Every donation helps us to push for change, we can't do this without you.
Becky, Chelcie and team Surviving in Scrubs