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Woman Alleges 2008 Sexual Assault by UCLA Gynecologist

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A woman says she was sexually assaulted by a gynecologist who worked for the University of California, Los Angeles and is upset the school apparently knew about it from her social media post but never contacted her as it investigated other incidents that led to criminal charges.

The Los Angeles-area woman was a 25-year-old UCLA psychology graduate student and patient of Dr. James Heaps when in 2008 she says he grabbed her breast during a post-operative examination. She told The Associated Press on Tuesday she was angered but kept seeing Heaps and never reported to authorities.

In 2015, upset by favorable ratings for Heaps on Yelp, she posted about her experience and said she felt violated. UCLA officials apparently saw it when the school began investigating Heaps in 2017 but never tried to contact her.

“If they saw my complaint, they should have reached out,” said the woman, who requested anonymity. The AP typically doesn’t name people who may be sexual assault victims unless they want to be identified.

The woman’s complaint is one of four involving Heaps that UCLA now is aware of, according to spokeswoman Rhonda Curry. The school has urged others to come forward if they feel they were mistreated and has hired a company to field reports and search for other alleged victims.

Heaps, 62, pleaded not guilty Monday to sexual battery by fraud against two patients, one in 2017 and another in 2018. He also pleaded not guilty to a count of sexual exploitation of a patient and was released without bail.
Source: The Washington Post


UCLA Let Gynecologist Continue Working After Cancer Patient Accused Him of Sex Abuse in 2014

UCLA Medical Center learned in 2014 that a breast cancer patient had made abuse allegations against gynecologist Dr. James Mason Heaps, but officials did not move to fire him until four years later, after more accusations came to light, university records and interviews show.    READ FULL STORY
Source: KTLA5

Cancer Patient Says UCLA Gynecologist Sexually Assaulted Her, Faults University Inaction

The latest accusations come as UCLA is facing criticism for its handling of Heaps — and why officials didn’t immediately alert the public or his patients about the allegations of misconduct when the university first learned of them.    READ FULL STORY
Source: LA Times

R. Kelly is ‘Optimistic’ But Has ‘Bad Days,’ Lawyer Says After Singer Pleads Not Guilty

R. Kelly was back in court in Chicago, pleading not guilty to 11 new counts of sexual abuse, as his lawyer described him as hard at work on his music and feeling “optimistic” about his case.    READ FULL STORY
Source: USA Today

Sexual Assault in Military has Spiked by Nearly 40 Percent, Pentagon Says

Survey shows active-duty women in the military experience sexual assault at a much higher rate than men. About 6.2 percent of women indicated experiencing a sexual assault in the 2018 report, while 4.3 percent indicated in the 2016 report.    READ FULL STORY
Source: CBS News

Survivors of Nassar Abuse Speak Out in Favor of Texas Statute of Limitations Bill

As Larry Nassar sits in jail, survivors of his abuse stood on the steps of the Texas Capitol, reminding people what he did, and pushing for a bill they hope will prevent a repeat of this abuse.     READ FULL STORY
Source: CBS

Pressure Mounts on Medical Boards to Root out Sexual Predator Doctors

Finally signs are emerging that a culture that fosters secrecy and forgives doctors could be shifting. What’s more, the Federation of State Medical Boards is preparing changes to its guidelines on how medical boards should deal with physicians accused of sexual misconduct.     READ FULL STORY
Source: AJC

North Carolina Steps Toward Changing Sexual Assault Laws

North Carolina is lacking legal protections for survivors of sexual assault in many cases. New legislation is in the works now to close loopholes and allow survivors to seek legal action against assault in a number of situations such as non-consensual sex while intoxicated.     READ FULL STORY
Source: ABC News

Ex-AAU Coach Gets Life in Prison for Sexual Abuse

A judge sent an influential youth basketball coach to prison effectively for the rest of his life Thursday, saying he secretly collected sexual images of 440 boys and molested more than a dozen over a 20-year period.    READ FULL STORY
Source: ESPN

A Secret Database of Child Abuse

A former Jehovah’s Witness is using stolen documents to expose allegations that the religion has kept hidden for decades.    READ FULL STORY
Source: The Atlantic

David Blaine Denies Sexual-Assault Accusations After NYPD Launches Investigation

David Blaine’s representative says the magician denies the sexual-assault claims that led the New York Police Department’s Special Victims Unit to open an investigation against him.    READ FULL STORY
Source: USA Today

With Courageous Disclosure, McSally Becomes New Force in Debate Over Military Sexual Assault

Upon disclosing that she had been raped by a superior while in the U.S. Air Force, Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) not only became a brave and newly powerful force in the debate over military sexual assault. She also staked out a position that has divided lawmakers in the past: namely, that such cases should continue to be handled within the military’s chain of command.    READ FULL STORY
Source: The Washington Post

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