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A Houston doctor who was convicted of sexually assaulting a patient while she was tethered to machines and receiving treatment for asthma will not serve any prison time. The punishment has surprised defense attorneys, disappointed law enforcement and raised concerns from a victims advocacy group, the Houston Chronicle reported. The victim said through a former attorney that she had no comment and wanted to put it all behind her.
The doctor instructed his patient to stand in front of him. He cupped her crotch and inserted his fingers into her vagina through her clothes, moving his hand repeatedly to her rectal area. Then he squeezed her breasts, according to the formal accusation filed by the Medical Board of California. The patient, accompanied to the appointment by her 4-year-old granddaughter, asked why that was necessary to diagnose a urinary-tract infection, the board alleged.
Sexual violence is shockingly common in our society. In some Asian, African, and Middle Eastern countries, that figure is even higher. Regardless of age or gender, the impact of sexual violence goes far beyond any physical injuries.
The police collected the DNA of male employees of a private nursing home in Arizona this week as they broadened the investigation into allegations that a woman in a vegetative state there who gave birth to a child last month had been sexually assaulted. Tommy Thompson, a police spokesman, said at a news conference. The moves represented an escalation in the case, which on Monday prompted the resignation of the longtime chief executive of Hacienda HealthCare, the parent company of the nursing home.
Click each link below for more information and program applications. SAFE hospital designation is not reviewed by the Office of Health Systems Management or added to the operating certificate but it is listed on the hospital profile. Note: Per Public Health Law i, every hospital in New York State is required to provide care to patients of sexual assault in the emergency department.
While international best practice is for such patients to be managed at specialist Sexual Assault Referral Centres SARCs1 — 4 of which there are more than 30 in the UK alone, GPs have several important roles to play:. GPs need to have a high index of suspicion for sexual violence because research has repeatedly demonstrated that most patients never disclose their experiences to doctors. GPs need to have a good understanding of safeguarding issues children and vulnerable adults and their responsibilities within these processes; and. Patients who have experienced sexual violence frequently feel loss of control over their lives.
Sexual abuse can occur at any age and is not biased towards race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. Due to the complicated, extensive nature of how sexual abuse occurs, treatment can seem a daunting task. It is important to note that most sexual abuse experts agree that sexual abuse encounters are not solely about sex.
The case of sexual abuse allegedly perpetrated against scores of patients by senior Melbourne neurologist, Dr Andrew Churchyard, made national headlines. The case was also the subject of police investigation and prosecution; and civil proceedings were issued posthumously against his estate by a number of his former patients. Following significant media coverage and public outrage, the Independent review of the use of chaperones to protect patients in Australia was launched.