New Report: Thousands of U.S. Doctors Accused of Sexual Assault
According to a new report, which has compiled data from all 50 states, more than 2,400 U.S. doctors have been sanctioned for sexually abusing their patients, exposing a sexual abuse problem that is comparable to the Catholic priest scandals of the past.
As noted by ABC News, after a yearlong investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the medical system too often forgives sexually abusive doctors. The AJC, “examined documents that described disturbing acts of physician sexual abuse in every state. Rapes by OB/GYNs, seductions by psychiatrists, fondling by anesthesiologists and ophthalmologists, and molestations by pediatricians and radiologists. Victims were babies. Adolescents. Women in their 80s. Drug addicts and jail inmates. Survivors of childhood sexual abuse.”
The AJC found that when a physician is the perpetrator we often looks the other way, as “physician-dominated medical boards gave offenders second chances,” and “prosecutors dismissed or reduced charges, so doctors could keep practicing and stay off sex offender registries.”
The most important thing we can do, both in cases of sexual assault or medical malpractice, is to realize that Doctors are fallible human beings. The vast majority of doctors are kind, hard-working, often miraculous people, who we depend on to save our lives. The best way to honor them is to fight against those that tarnish their reputation, whether it be through sexually abusing patients or through medical negligence.
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