The At Your Cervix Team

Has launched a multi-pronged impact campaign with the goal of achieving both legal and cultural change in medical education:

Policy changes: the film is part of a national campaign to pass laws in all fifty states banning non-consensual intimate exams on unconscious patients.

Ethical alternatives: the AYC team will promote and expand high-quality Gynecological Teaching Associate training programs nationwide.

“Take the Pledge” Program: the AYC team and the American Medical Student Association are teaming up to enroll medical and nursing students to pledge that they will not perform any examinations without first obtaining informed consent from their patients. At Your Cervix will also be included in the core curriculum of several nationwide AMSA programs for medical students.

Patient Empowerment Workshops: Because it is critical for patients to know their rights, their bodies, and how to advocate for themselves, we will be hosting screening events with patient advocacy and “Find Your Cervix” workshops for the public.  

Advocacy: AYC is advocating with The Joint Commission – the organization responsible for overseeing and accrediting hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the U.S., demanding that they implement policies expressly banning non-consensual pelvic examinations as a part of the accreditation process.

Storytelling & Healing: At Your Cervix is creating an online community storyboard for patients and students who need to be witnessed and honored as we change the egregious practices that put them in a position of inflicting or receiving harm.

How to Get Involved:

  • Host a screening for your community, conference, workplace or university. (link to form)
  • Sign our petition to get laws passed banning non-consensual exams on anesthetized patients–and please share it widely.
  • Get a Law Passed in Your State: Live in a state without a law? Help us mobilize your local lawmakers to pass a bill protecting patients in your state. 
  • Advocate at Your Workplace: Work for a foundation or company that would want to underwrite our PBS broadcast or support our work financially? Please get in touch and let’s talk.

Be a Facilitator: Want to learn to facilitate Find Your Cervix workshops? Apply to be a part of an upcoming training.

Join Our Mission To End Nonconsensual Pelvic Exams