The MeToo movement has shaken the foundations of countless industries across the country, broadening the discussion of sexual misconduct and assault in America. However, some say the U.S. health care sector is still waiting for its day of reckoning.
According to recent reports, patients, nurses and other subordinates have disclosed graphic details regarding their alleged sexual assaults at the hands of medical professionals.
Multiple allegations but no charges
In one story, a California woman claims her doctor cupped his hands on her crotch, touching both her genitals and breasts in front of her four-year-old granddaughter. That same doctor had three more allegations filed against him for touching women’s genitals without a medically valid reason. According to a recent study, medical professionals who participate in abusive behavior don’t often stop after one victim.
Upon hearing about these claims, California’s medical board put the doctor on administrative probation for nearly three years, requiring him to practice under supervision when treating female patients. The doctor did not admit to any of the accusations made against him. While he did face sexual-abuse related charges, he was never convicted as the jury could not agree on a verdict.
Victims can seek assistance
Those found guilty of sexual abuse must be held accountable for their actions, especially if they are a clinical professional who often deals with patients in a vulnerable setting. While this story does not take place here in West Virginia, it can serve as a reminder that victims and advocates at all levels should stand up against such heinous injustice.
West Virginians who have fallen victim to sexual abuse at the hands of a medical professional may want to seek legal counsel. Victims will want a diligent and aggressive attorney whose unmatched energy and drive for results can help them seek justice.