USC Reaches Settlement with nearly 500 survivors
For immediate release, October 19 2018
Today the University of Southern California announced it has reached a settlement with the nearly 500 former patients of a campus doctor who had accused him of serial sexual abuse.
This is a good day for the survivors of Dr. George Tyndall. We hope that now that this civil action is settled that these survivors will, like the survivors of Dr. Larry Nassar at Michigan State, have their day in criminal court. Currently, prosecutors are weighing their options for criminal charges. We hope that they will follow through and give survivors the chance at justice and accountability that is so commonly elusive for victims of sexual abuse.
What occurred at USC is another reminder that institutions are unable to police themselves, especially when it comes to serious of allegations of misconduct made by institutional employees. As seen in Catholic dioceses around the country and at Michigan State and Penn State in the past, these kind of internal reports tend to go nowhere but secret archives, administrators’ desks, and other places they can stay hidden.
Across the country, the tide is shifting and we believe that the culture that surrounds sexual abuse is changing. It is also sad to say but we believe that more cases like the one out of USC will be coming forward.
We urge anyone who may have seen, suspected, or suffered abuse at the hands of someone who is supposed to care for them to come forward and make a report to law enforcement officials. This is the best way to ensure that reports are seen instead of shuffled away.
CONTACT: Zach Hiner, Executive Director (517-974-9009, firstname.lastname@example.org)
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
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.
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