Jury gives justice to sex abuse victim – while hospital pretends it never happened

Anesthesiologist Fred Field, MD, sexually assaulted at least 12 women at Mid-Columbia Medical Center. His victims were drugged, unconscious or semi-conscious during the assaults. It is likely Field sexually assaulted many other women—who may not know, or understand, what happened to them. Nationally, it is estimated that more than 60% of women who are sexually… Learn More »

How a doctor + a camera = $190 million dollars – Part 2

Part 2 of a 2-part series that originally appeared in the Legal Examiner.  The real cost of a lawsuit Sex abuse cases are very difficult for victims – and for the people helping them. They’re second only to death claims as the most difficult cases for a law firm to take on. Obviously, the main… Learn More »

Sexual abuse in hospitals?

In Oregon, several high-profile cases of sexual abuse in nursing homes, hospitals, and even in ambulances have been reported in the last two years. Is a culture of silence contributing to an increase in sexual assault in health care facilities? Some professions, including medicine, are notorious for a “code of silence”. Patients are often harmed by medical… Learn More »

Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse

This week, many of us are cringing with horror and fear at the allegations of a cover-up of child sex abuse at Penn State.  If there is one good thing that can come from this scandal, let it be the rekindling of a national discussion about the often-hidden problem of sexual abuse. Institutions like schools,… Learn More »