Report: Yale Medical School Professor Sexually Assaulted Students on St. Kitts Island
An investigation commissioned by Yale University has found evidence that former School of Medicine professor Dr. D. Eugene Redmond Jr. may have sexually assaulted five students at a research facility he ran on the island of St. Kitts.
According to the report, the assaults date back to 1994 and many of them may have been prevented if not for procedural and policy failures by the university.
Redmon retired in 2018 after he learned that he was being investigated for the sexual assault allegations. He had been a Yale faculty member since 1974. Redmond claimed to have shut down an internship program on St. Kitt, a Caribbean Island, in 1994 after three students reported sexual misconduct and harassment. However, he continued to recruit students for the program between 2001 and 2017, according to the investigation.
Yale President Peter Salovey requested the investigation on January 28. He hired former U.S. Attorney Deidre Daly, who now works with the Stamford-based law firm Finn Dixon & Herling. Daly issued a 54-page report on August 14, which found at least 16 incidents of sexual abuse or misconduct involving Dr. Redmond.
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Findings of the Sexual Assault Report on Dr. Eugene Redmond
According to the investigation, two of the students filed complaints in 1994. Redmon would go on to work with another 20 students between 2001 and 2017 – three of whom reported being sexually assaulted by the professor.
According to the report:
Based on our investigation, we have concluded that Redmond sexually assaulted five students in St. Kitts while he was a Yale professor. These assaults occurred on five separate occasions, when he initiated and engaged in nonconsensual sexual contact with each student.
Furthermore, the report alleges that Redmond conducted three medical exams which included unnecessary and inappropriate genital and rectal exams and other inappropriate conduct “involving at least eight other undergraduates or recent graduates and one high school student in St. Kitts, New Haven, and other locations.”
The report claims that two of the alleged sexual assaults and two of the exams happened in the early 1990s, while three assaults and a third exam happened between 2010 and 2017. The majority of the other misconduct happened after 2005.
The investigation found no evidence that any faculty, staff, or administrators at Yale knew about Redmond’s sexual misconduct before complaints were filed. However, the report states that:
“It is equally clear that if Yale had implemented a longstanding monitoring program after the 1994 investigation, Redmond’s ongoing misconduct might well have been detected and stopped. In addition, at various points after 1994, several members of the Yale community had concerns about Redmond’s [three] subsequent interactions with certain students, which, if they had pursued, might have prompted Yale to further scrutinize Redmond’s conduct and potentially uncover his misconduct.”
Legal Recourse For Victims of Sexual Assault by University Staff Members
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com represents victims of sexual assault in civil lawsuits against their assaulters and negligent third parties. Brian has offered to share some general information regarding the legal rights of students who have been sexually assaulted by professors and other university staff members:
Professors, doctors, and other university employees are extremely trusted and respected professionals. Most of these staff members have earned this trust. However, as in most fields that involve working from positions of trust and authority, there is also a high potential for abuse in universities.
Recently, there have been several high profile cases of university staff members sexually assaulting students – such as USC doctor Dennis Kelly and UCLA gynecologist James Heaps.
When a university employee is accused of sexually assaulting students, it’s important to investigate both the employee and the university itself. In some cases, the university may be partially responsible for failing to stop the abuse because of negligence. In cases of negligence, the victims may have grounds for a lawsuit against the university.
If you or a loved one has been is a victim of sexual assault by a professor or another university staff member, you can learn more about your legal rights by speaking with an experienced sexual assault victims attorney.
Location of Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT
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