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VA Hospital Patients are Being Raped and Sexually Assaulted, Only a Fraction of Them are Reported

by The Beasley Firm  |  June 20, 2011  |  

A new government audit found that sexual assaults and rapes within the Veterans Affairs (VA) system are not being reported as they should be. The Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, reported that out of 300 sexual assaults on VA patients that were reported to the police, only a fraction of those sexual abuses were reported to VA leadership officials or the VA Inspector General’s Office, as required. The reports of sexual assault included inappropriate touching, forceful examinations, forced sex, forced oral sex, forceful penetration, rape, and other sexual abuse incidents. When Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, first read the report, he was shocked. He said that it reminded him “of a 1950’s prison system – lawlessness, lack of security and reporting, and outright disregard for human dignity.”

It is estimated that nearly two-thirds of the 67 rape allegations, within a 5 year time frame, against both men and women in VA hospitals were not reported to the VA Inspector General’s Office. Upon inspection of VA facilities, it was noted that there was poor monitoring of surveillance cameras, alarm system malfunctions, and failure of the alarms to alert both the VA police and staff. Unfortunately, the VA also does not have a system in place that would allow for tracking and trends of sexual abuse or sexual assaults over time, and therefore “cannot identify and make changes to serious problems that jeopardize the safety of veterans in their medical facilities.”

For over 53 years, the nationally known Beasley sexual abuse law firm has been fighting for those that have been abused, neglected and raped. In addition to our experienced Philadelphia sexual assault attorneys, we also have on staff two physicians and three registered nurses, one of whom is a certified rape counselor and sexual abuse crisis nurse. Our highly specialized teams of doctors and nurses have actually witnessed and treated the physical and emotional scars a victim is left with after a rape or sexual assault. We have decades of experience that made us a leader in this field. Our collective knowledge has led to two of Philadelphia’s largest medical malpractice verdicts. To date, we have had billions of dollars awarded on behalf of our injured clients.

If you or a loved one has been physically or emotionally injured due to a sexual assault or rape, please contact one of our Pennsylvania sexual abuse attorneys for a free and strictly confidential consultation. Not only do we know that sexual abuse and rapes occur in healthcare settings, we know the ongoing pain and suffering it causes the victim and loved ones.

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