Wednesday, May 30, 2018


Apparently the investigation into former USC gynecologist George Tyndall is only a month old, and there are already 410 complaints and 27 people filing suit.  Scarily similar to the MSU case, known complaints date back to the 1990s.  Unlike MSU, USC appears to have a much stronger reporting culture--39 of 52 initial reports were provided to police by the university--and they're being far more proactive in investigating and firing those who looked the other way.   

I'd have to suggest that knowing they're a  private university, and that they have no sovereign immunity, might have something to do with that.  Even so, I  would guess there will be thousands of plaintiffs by the time this one plays out.

And if you read the articles--not recommended for the squeamish, by the way--I think you'll wonder why someone would do such things.  Well, here's a 1991 New York Times article about the subject, and here's a database from the University of Michigan as well.


elspeth said...

Whenever I take my girls to the doctor (their doctors are male), I am in the room. Additionally, there is a female nurse in the room.

When I go to the doctor, one of my doctors is male and one female, there is a nurse present in the room. With either doctor.

I am slightly amazed that parents leave their children (or coaches) unattended with doctors, or that women (or even men) are not cautious about taking precautions with regard to safety and propriety when they are in such a vulnerable position as being physically examined without clothes.

People are clearly still far more trusting than I realized.

Bike Bubba said...

I think most of us have an innate unwillingness to consider that people would actually do some of these sick things. We don't get how someone would want to willingly injure a young lady that way, hence we don't know quite what to do when someone tells us exactly that.