As outrage and media attention continue to escalate in the wake of the USC Dr. George Tyndall sex abuse scandal, the Huffington Post has published a helpful article on “What’s Not Normal (And What Is) When You Go To The Gynecologist.” Lieff Cabraser and other law firms have filed numerous lawsuits on behalf of women who allege they were sexually abused, harassed, and/or molested by gynecologist George Tyndall, M.D., while they were students attending the University of Southern California (“USC”).
The Los Angeles Police Department estimates that Tyndall may have treated as many as 10,000 women between 1990 and 2016. 52 women have come forward, and at least 12 separate lawsuits have been filed. As noted by the Huffington Post, “More than 25 former patients relayed their stories to the [Los Angeles Times], and over 400 more called a USC hotline to report wrongdoing after the initial article came out. Many of the young women who accused Tyndall of misconduct had something in common: They didn’t know what was (and was not) supposed to happen during a gynecologist visit.”
The Huffington Post lays out a clear and straightforward guide for what patients should expect during a gynecologist appointment, including acceptability guidelines on:
• How your doctor should address you
• The proper and medically appropriate routine
• What conduct and actions are Not appropriate
A gynecologist appointment should be both thorough and methodical with doctors asking patients about any concerns that might affect their care, including whether an individual may have reproductive concerns or want to talk about birth control.
As a general guideline, if something feels off at any point during or after an appointment, patients should speak up.
“I always say that you are the best advocate for yourself, so you have to listen to your own internal voice,” states Dr. Mary Rosser of the Columbia University Medical Center. “If you’re not sure that something’s right, then it probably isn’t.”
Charges Against Dr. Tyndall and USC
The suit has been filed against Dr. Tyndall and USC over charges including gender violence, sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual harassment, negligence, negligent hiring, negligent supervision, negligent failure to warn, train, or educate, and wanton and reckless conduct relating to the gynecological medical treatment received by the Plaintiff and the class while they were students at USC. Learn more about the USC and Dr. George Tyndall Gender Violence and Sexual Abuse Class Action.
Contact Sexual Abuse Lawyer Annika K. Martin at Lieff Cabraser
Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin, herself an alumnus of USC’s law school, is leading the litigation for our firm on behalf of women who suffered violence, abuse, and harassment by George Tyndall and USC. She is a partner in the firm’s New York office and has represented plaintiffs since 2005 in environmental, mass tort, consumer protection, and sexual abuse cases. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-541-7358. There is no charge or obligation for your outreach, and all information will be held in the strictest confidence.