USA Today has published a moving opinion piece written by USC alumna Elisabeth Treadway, one of the thousands of women who allegedly suffered sexual abuse by the former head gynecologist at the USC student health center. Ms. Treadway recounts her own horrific experience and expresses her support for the recent settlement of the federal class action lawsuit filed by female USC students and former students against Dr. George Tyndall and the University of Southern California.

Treadway, who now runs a transitional house for women in Florida, writes that before she decided to join the lawsuit against USC and Tyndall, she questioned how much of the experience she could handle reliving. But ultimately, she decided that settling the matter and finally being able to acknowledge it would advance her process of healing. She explains that “to see a fair and compassionate settlement proposed has been a relief,” as many of the affected women have been carrying the burden of Tyndall’s abuse for decades and “want, need and deserve to move forward.”

Another important aspect of the settlement to Treadway is that it includes real, long-term reforms at USC. She states that “having an independent watchdog oversee the university will ensure they make real changes to their policies and procedures to create a safe environment for the next generation of Trojan women.”

Read Ms. Treadway’s full piece on the USA Today website.

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 environmentalmass tortconsumer protection, and sexual abuse cases. She can be reached at or 800-541-7358. There is no charge or obligation for your outreach, and all information will be held in the strictest confidence.

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