A Boston acupuncturist accused of sexually assaulting a patient appeared in court on Tuesday, January 8. Qunhao Zhang, who also goes by "John", faces one charge of indecent assault and battery.
A woman has accused Zhang of touching her in a sexual manner during an acupuncture appointment at his Whittier Place office on November 23. The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit investigated the allegations and charged Zhang with indecent assault and battery.
Zhang has two offices - Boston Family Acupuncture on Whittier Place and Boston Chinese Acupuncture Center in Needham. He was released without bail following his appearance in Boston Municipal Court this morning. He has signed an agreement to stop practicing.
Kim Dougherty has helped sexual assault survivors find justice. We've asked her to share some insight into the legal options available to those who have been sexually abused by medical professionals:
Doctors and other medical professionals who abuse their patients don't only traumatize their victims - they damage the public trust as a whole. These professionals are some of the most trusted members of our communities, and a minority of these professionals exploit this trust in order to commit heinous crimes. We must make sure that these predators are held criminally responsible, that their victims get the full support they need, and that the facilities who fail to prevent abuse through negligence are also held accountable.
In many cases of sexual abuse involving medical professionals, the victims have grounds for a lawsuit against their abuser and/or their abuser's employer. For example, a medical facility might be considered liable for abuse for negligence like failing to report previous allegations of sexual misconduct to law enforcement, allowing a doctor to continue practicing after being reported, and failing to run a background check before hiring a new employee.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual abuse by a doctor or another medical professional, you can find justice for the difficulties your family has gone through. Consider speaking to one of our experienced sex abuse survivors lawyers to learn more about your family's legal options.