It was described by Victorian Social Reformers as rape by the speculum, performed by doctor's committing medical lust.
But the Contagious Diseases Acts stayed on the statute book for more than 20 years.
Josephine Butler campaigned to change the law which forced women suspected of prostitution to degrading internal examinations and exposed the sexual hypocrisy of Victorian Britain.
Jane Jordan, who has written a biography of Josephine Butler, joins Sheila to talk about this extraordinary woman. 'Josephine Butler' by Jane Jordan (John Murray; ISBN: 0719555841)
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