2 Patients Accuse Dutch Physical Therapy Owner of Sexual Abuse
Two patients have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse by Dutch Physical Therapy owner and massage therapist Philippe Veeters. Veeters was arrested this week and charged with sexual battery.
The first victim told deputies that she visited Dutch Physical Therapy for an appointment in June. She sought treatment for a curve in her back and lower back pain. The woman told authorities that during the examination, Veeters pulled down her underwear and inappropriately touched her. According to the police report, Veeters was not wearing gloves and no one else was present in the room.
Following the first allegations, another victim came forward with a similar claim. The second victim told police that Veeters inappropriately touched her during her third appointment with him in 2017. She said that she was in the middle of a standing stretch exercise when Veeters grabbed her from behind.
Veeters’ license was suspended for nine months in December and will require more evaluation and supervision. Detectives are continuing to investigate other allegations against the physical therapist.
Legal Recourse for Survivors of Sexual Assault by Medical Professionals
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual violence in civil lawsuits. Here is some input from Brian on the legal options available to those who have been sexually assaulted by physical therapists and others in the medical field:
The perpetrators of sexual violence are often in positions of trust or authority over their victims. We regularly see this in cases involving doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and others in healthcare-related fields. When a medical professional sexually assaults a patient, we must make sure that the perpetrator is prosecuted and that any negligent third parties are also held accountable for the role they played in enabling the abuse to occur.
The victims of sexual assault by medical professionals often have grounds for a lawsuit against their abuser, the facility where the abuse took place, or both. If the abuser is the owner of the facility, he or she can likely be held directly liable. The owners of healthcare facilities can also be held liable for negligence, such as failing to investigate or report previous allegations of sexual misconduct involving the perpetrator
Have you or a loved one been sexually abused by a physical therapist or someone else in a position of trust? We understand how traumatic this time has been for your family and we want to help you find justice. You can learn more about your legal options by speaking to one of our experienced sexual assault survivors attorneys.