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The New Sex Abuse Scandal: 2, 400 Doctors Implicated by Patients

WACH VIDEO: Doctors & Sex Abuse – A broken system

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More than 2, 400 U.S. doctors have been sanctioned for sexually abusing their patients, according to a new report that, for the first time, surveyed records from all 50 states and reveals the nationwide scope of a problem.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 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.

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But it could be anyone. Some patients were sedated when they were sexually assaulted. Others didn’t realize at first what had happened because the doctor improperly touched them or photographed them while pretending to do a legitimate medical exam.

State medical boards, which oversee physicians, allowed more than half the sanctioned doctors to keep their licenses even after the accusations of sexual abuse were determined to be true, according to a yearlong investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“We found a culture of secrecy, ” said Carrie Teegardin, a reporter on the paper’s investigative team for the project.

Read the ful story By Carrie Teegardin, Danny Robbins, Jeff Ernsthausen and Ariel Hart

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