Not every out-of-the-ordinary or uncomfortable interaction with a doctor rises to the level of sexual abuse. Certain examinations, for instance, can by nature be uncomfortable but are deemed to be medically necessary. Still, you shouldn’t ignore your gut instincts if something doesn’t seem right or starts to cross a line.
The following list will help you ascertain if sex abuse from a medical professional happened to you.
Sexual Abuse Behaviors
If you were abused – or even if you are not quite sure – call us today for a completely confidential and free conversation with one of our attorneys.
Doctors who exploit their power to molest their patients, and the institutions that enable this behavior, must be held accountable for the long-lasting psychological damage they inflicted on others.
Dr. Ricardo Cruciani is a former pain management doctor affiliated with medical practices within Manhattan, Hopewell, N.J, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The patients that saw him often suffered from excruciating or debilitating pain.
Some of his patients said he created co-dependent relationships with them and would hold their prescription refills hostage if they did not cooperate with his sexual advances. They also claim that if they retaliated, the doctor would discharge them from his care, forcing them to go through the difficult process of finding another pain management doctor.
New York's State Governor, Kathy Hochul, signed the Adult Survivors Act (ASA) into law on May 24, 2022. This law creates a one-year window for survivors who were over the age of 18 when the sexual abuse occurred to seek justice against their predators – regardless of when the abuse took place.
Because the ASA will only be in effect for one year, we encourage survivors to come forward now, so they don't miss this window.
Adult survivors only have until November 24, 2023 to file a claim.
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