Second Woman Reports Sexual Assault by Dr. Shubhra Ray
On March 5, 2019, a second woman contacted police to report sexual misconduct involving Dr. Shubhra Ray.
She told police that Ray had fully exposed her breasts during an examination on September 25, 2018. He then “groped each of her exposed breasts,” according to the police.
This woman also filed a complaint with Pam Meyer within two or three days of the alleged sexual assault. According to the woman, Meyer kept saying “I can’t believe this about Dr. Ray, everybody loves Dr. Ray.” The woman would eventually file another complaint with the Pennsylvania Department of State, according to the police.
Police spoke with three WellSpan Health employees on September 3, 2019. The nurse who the first woman confided in, Donalene Gohn, told police that there was a “possible policy” of having a chaperone present in the examination rooms with female patients, but that this policy was not being followed.
Gohn also told police that Dr. Ray is on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
Police also spoke with several witnesses who have corroborated the allegations against Dr. Ray.
Legal Options For Victims of Sexual Assault by Doctors
Attorney contributor Brian Kent represents sexual assault victims and their families, helping them find justice through civil lawsuits. Brian has worked on several cases involving doctors who have sexually assaulted their patients. Here are some of his thoughts on the legal rights of these patients:
Doctors are some of the most trusted members of their communities. No one ever expects that their doctor will egregiously violate this trust by sexually assaulting them during an appointment. But tragically, sexual assault by doctors is a much more common problem than most people realize.
When a patient is sexually assaulted by a doctor, he or she has legal rights. Reporting the assault to the facility, state medical boards, and the police is an important first step. But it’s also usually wise for these victims to consult an experienced sexual assault victims attorney for legal advice.
In many cases, victims of doctor sexual assault may have grounds for a lawsuit against the doctor and potentially the facility where they were assaulted. For example, a medical facility could be held liable in a lawsuit if they had failed to follow safety protocol, such as allowing male doctors to be alone with female patients.
If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual assault by a doctor, you can learn more about your legal rights by speaking with one of our experienced sexual assault victims lawyers in a free consultation.
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