The Engemann Student Health Center on the campus of the University of South California.
Lawsuit: 48 Former Students Say USC Failed to Stop Sexual Abuse Targeted at Gay & Bisexual Students
48 gay and bisexual men have joined together in a lawsuit against the University of Southern California, alleging that the school failed to stop a sexual predator doctor who targeted them for sexual abuse and harassment based on their sexualities.
According to the lawsuit, 73-year-old Dr. Dennis Kelly forced students to undress for no valid medical reason, gave them unnecessary genital and rectal exams, and made inappropriate remarks regarding their sex lives.
Additionally, the lawsuit claims that the students had no choice but to see Kelly because he was the only full-time men’s sexual health doctor for two decades when they were students. The plaintiffs say that Kelly began abusing gay and bisexual men in 1999 and that he never treated heterosexual patients the same way.
Several of the plaintiffs say that they realized what Kelly was doing was wrong after discussing their concerns with other doctors. Five of them claim to have filed complaints with USC, but only two say they got a response. One of those two was told that the incident had happened too long ago for anything to be done. The second only received a response after the lawsuit had been filed in February.
The lawsuit accuses Kelly of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and gender violence. The plaintiffs have also accused USC of negligence for their alleged mishandling of the allegations.
Kelly stopped seeing patients in July of 2018 and resigned from USC the following month. However, he continued seeing student patients at California State University – Northridge. He was placed on leave at that school after the lawsuit was filed.