CA--Psychiatrist accused of sexual abuse
Psychiatrist accused of sexual abuse
At least three women say he violated them
One settled a lawsuit with his former employer
He’s a defrocked priest; abuse cases against him have settled
Hospital should not let him practice or see patients, group urges
And state medical board should review allegations soon, SNAP says
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, child sex abuse victims and their supporters will hand-deliver a letter to the head of a local mental health center that employs a psychiatrist who has been accused of sexually abusing at least three girls. They will:
- Tell how the priest’s supervisors settled a sex abuse lawsuit with at least one victim, and
- Hand out copies of the former priest’s personnel file that outlined the abuse and settlement.
They will also:
- Demand that the psychiatrist be removed from his position at a local psychiatric facility,
- Beg hospital administrators to reach out to his current and former patients telling them about the allegations, and
- Urge the hospital to file a complaint against him with the California State Medical Board.
Friday, Dec. 5 at 11:30 am
Outside of El Camino Hospital Behavioral Health Services, 2500 Grant Road (at North Drive), in Mountain View CA
Two-three people who are members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org), the nation's largest support group for adults who were sexually abused as kids.
Members of SNAP recently learned that Dr. Thomas E. Havel, a Mountain View psychiatrist and an ex-Los Angeles priest - has been accused of sexually abusing at least three women and girls and that the doctor's former employer settled a lawsuit with at least one victim.
Havel works at El Camino Hospital, where he has been a psychiatrist since the late 1980s. Previous to this, Havel was ordained Catholic priest in Los Angeles and worked there for several years. Then he joined a St. Louis-based Catholic religious order called the Marianists.
Havel was first publicly accused as a child predator in 1988, when a former student at St. Philip the Apostle in Pasadena filed a civil lawsuit saying that the priest molested her when she came to him for counseling. http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20130731/more-church-abuse-scandal-files-released-by-5-catholic-religious-orders.
At least two other victims have come forward, according to Havel's file.
Havel left the priesthood in 1997 and has been on staff at El Camino Hospital since. Church documents also say that Havel has been on the faculty at Stanford University Medical School.
Havel's secret personnel file was released in 2013. http://www.lorpb.com/documents/Thomas-Havel.pdf.
Members of SNAP believe that Havel poses a risk to patients, who probably do not know about his past. They also believe that the California State Medical Board should be made aware of the lawsuits, allegations, and settlement, since all go against the board's code of ethics.
Copies of the letter will be available at the event.
Melanie Sakoda (925-708-6175 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Barb Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, email@example.com)
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.