Gynecologist Has License Suspended Amid Sexual Assault Allegations
The Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure has decided to suspend the license of gynecologist Dr. Gregory Norwood after at least four women have accused the doctor of sexual assault. These allegations date back to 2016, with the most recent victim coming forward in August of this year.
According to a report by the Board, Norwood’s license was suspended because continued practice by the OB-GYN “would constitute an imminent danger to public health and safety.”
The first alleged victim said she was sexually assaulted by Dr. Norwood during a physical exam in 2016. In December 2017, the Board decided to terminate the investigation “due to the fact that the allegation could not be substantiated at the time.”
In July 2018, a patient from Baptist Memorial Hospital Desoto filed a sexual assault complaint against Norwood. This prompted a second investigation, in which the board discovered at least two other patients who had made complaints against the same doctor. This brought the total to four patients.
Although Norwood’s medical license has been suspended, no criminal charges have been filed yet.
Legal Options For Victims of Doctor Sexual Assault
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com helps survivors of sexual violence find answers, support, and justice. We have asked him to add some insight into the legal options available to those who have been sexually assaulted by medical professionals:
Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are some of the most trusted members of our communities. But unfortunately, a minority of these professionals abuse their positions of trust in order to sexually assault their patients. When this happens, it’s important for the victim to be aware of their legal rights.
The perpetrators of these crimes can be held criminally responsible through the criminal justice system. Additionally, survivors of doctor sexual assault may have the option to file a lawsuit against the medical facility where the assault occurred if negligence was a factor in the assault. For example, a hospital could potentially be considered negligent if they had failed to address previous complaints of sexual misconduct against a doctor, and that doctor went on to sexually assault another patient.
If you’ve been sexually assaulted by a medical professional and would like to learn more about your legal options, we advise discussing your case with an experienced sexual assault survivors lawyer.