The sexual harassment proposal rose from an investigation that found patrol leaders didn't properly investigate sexual harassment allegations by a female recruit. The recruit, who has since left the patrol, alleged that she and others were forced to submit to invasive, medically unnecessary pelvic exams by an outside doctor who was hired by the patrol to give pre-employment medical exams.
An Encino doctor has been charged with sexually assaulting two female patients during exams in his office, authorities said. Michael Howard Popkin, 67, faces two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery, one felony count of sexual battery by restraint and a felony count of sexual exploitation of a patient by a physician, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint. The incidents occurred between June 2014 and July 2016. Popkin, who was arrested on Dec. 5 and later released, is expected to be arraigned Dec. 30 in Van Nuys. He did not immediately return a request for comment.
More than 50 women have accused University of Southern California gynecologist George Tyndall of sexual abuse, authorities said Tuesday. According to the Associated Press, Los Angeles police are investigating 52 allegations dating from 1990 to 2016. During those years, Tyndall could have treated more than 10,000 women, according to the AP. The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month about two decades of accusations of inappropriate behavior by Tyndall and the university's inaction when faced with those complaints, which allowed Tyndall to continue to practice at a student health clinic on campus. Some women accused him of making inappropriate comments; thrusting his hand back and forth during a pelvic exam; performing exams without gloves; groping patients; taking photos of women's genitalia; and otherwise conducting gynecological exams that clearly would not be considered normal practice.
If you happen to have had a gynecological surgery at a major teaching hospital in the U.S., there's a good chance that after you were given the anesthetic, several medical students used your unresponsive body to learn how to perform a proper pelvic exam. Each student would have inserted two fingers inside your vagina and placed one hand on your abdomen, feeling for abnormalities in your uterus and ovaries. This would have been done entirely for their benefit, not yours. And after the surgery, you would have been sent on your way, with no mention of these exams and with no knowledge of your role as a teaching tool. You, like many women, might feel that this constitutes a serious violation of both your body and your trust.