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University of Southern California Sexual Abuse
Institutions of higher learning have recently been making headlines with sexual abuse scandals with information emerging about employees committing widespread abuses against younger victims. At Penn State and Michigan State, adults who were on the university’s payroll molested countless boys and girls of various age ranges. The University of Southern California has also been named in a widespread abuse scandal based on the actions of one university employee. This has resulted in a settlement agreement for a class action suit, but there are still more lawsuits being filed against the university.
These USC sexual abuse victims will be looking for law firms to help file a lawsuit against the abuser and the university.
USC Sexual Abuse Scandal
Dr. George Tyndall was a longtime gynecologist at the university’s student health center. He was the only gynecologist on staff and worked for the school for nearly 30 years. Dr. Tyndall was questioned over the particular method of examination that he used where he digitally probed women vaginally before using a speculum during pelvic exams. In addition, the doctor was accused of improperly taking photos of women, claiming that they were for research purposes. Further, Dr. Tyndall was accused of making racially insensitive remarks and other inappropriate comments about women’s bodies.
Many of the women claimed that the school knew about or should have known about Dr. Tyndall’s abuse. However, the school took no action to stop the abuse until the Los Angeles Times covered the story in 2016. The university’s inaction allowed Dr. Tyndall’s pattern of conduct to continue for years after it should have been stopped.
The school launched an investigation in 2016 but did not terminate Dr. Tyndall for another year. Hundreds of women have come forward, alleging that Dr. Tyndall sexually abused them during their examinations. Even after the doctor was fired, countless more women came forward.
The school entered into a settlement in a class action lawsuit filed against USC. The amount of the settlement was $215 million. New lawsuits are still being filed against the school based on Dr. Tyndall’s conduct.
On June 26, 2019, Dr. Tyndall was arrested and charged with 29 felonies in the case. The period covered by his indictment ranged from 2009 to 2016, and it claimed that he abused hundreds of women. Dr. Tyndall now faces up to 53 years in prison if he is convicted of all counts.
Civil Liability for Sexual Abuse
Those who perpetrate sexual abuse can be held liable both civilly and criminally. From a civil perspective, there is no specific sex abuse tort. However, that does not mean that victims cannot recover. Instead, victims can use any one of a number of different theories to receive financial compensation. The two most likely theories under which victims can recover from the perpetrator are assault/battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The elements of assault/battery that Broughton Partners are looking for include the following:
- The defendant must have the intent to commit the improper act
- The defendant must have made contact with either the plaintiff’s body or anything else on their person such as their clothing
- The improper touching must have caused some form of harm to the plaintiff.
While the defendant’s frame of mind is an important part of the claim, much of the inquiry will center on whether there was physical contact. For sexual abuse plaintiffs, this will likely be a difficult part of any trial, having to relive the trauma of what they have experienced. Plaintiffs will want an experienced sexual abuse lawyer that can handle this situation in a sensitive manner and attempt to protect the victim in court.
Intentional infliction of emotional distress is not necessarily the easiest legal theory to prove, but if proven, will likely shock the jury when it comes time to award damages. In order to prove intentional infliction of emotional distress, one must show the following:
- The defendant engaged in extreme and outrageous conduct
- The conduct was intentional or reckless
- The plaintiff suffered extreme emotional distress
There are not many instances of conduct that cross this threshold, but sexual abuse has often been one of the rare cases that plaintiffs have succeeded in advancing this legal theory. In order to demonstrate this, the conduct must be shocking. Sexual molestation would certainly suffice as outrageous conduct, providing that the underlying action can be proven.
Filing a Legal Claim Against an Academic Institution
When a victim has been abused, there are numerous possible defendants in a sex abuse lawsuit. Of course, the abusers can be made to pay for the harm that they have caused, but victims are somewhat limited in their ability to collect from the actual perpetrator. The plaintiff may receive a judgment from the court, but the abuser will either have limited assets or may have taken steps to protect their assets from a lawsuit.
A better option for being able to receive actual financial compensation is to file a sexual abuse lawsuit against an institution where any abuser worked. Courts will consider the abuser to be a representative of the institution and their actions will be imputed to their employer, especially when the employer may have known about the possibility of abuse, but did nothing to report or stop it.
There are many different examples of an institution being held responsible for the actions of its employees. Another notorious abuse scandal occurred at Penn State University, where a football coach assaulted boys in the shower repeatedly over a period of many years. There were many indications that the abuse was happening, and there were even reports of the conduct made to the coach’s superiors, but no action was taken.
As a result, there have been numerous lawsuits against Penn State for the coach’s actions. The university has elected to settle most of the lawsuits and has paid tens of millions of dollars in settlements to the abuse victims. By 2015, Penn State had agreed to pay out nearly $100 million to settle the court cases. Other institutions that have faced numerous lawsuits due to sexual abuse perpetrated by their representatives include the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts.
In most cases, institutions will have the assets necessary to satisfy the judgments against them, which is a must given that insurance may not cover the claims against them. Some institutions with shaky balance sheets may not have the assets to pay these judgments. However, with an endowment that exceeds $5 billion, USC has the funds necessary to pay any plaintiffs.
In order to sue the institution, one would either have to prove that the university responsible for the actions of its employee or show that the institution itself did something wrong.
This is the most likely way to hold the university legally responsible. The doctor is an employee of the university and, as such, the school has an obligation to supervise what he is doing. Many institutions that end up on the wrong side of a legal decision or forced to settle have failed in this regard since they may have had some indication of what was happening and failed to act. Alternatively, had they properly supervised the employee, they would have known that there was improper conduct. Here is what the sexual abuse attorney must show in order to prove this claim:
- There is an obligation to supervise someone. In this case, the company or institution would have the mandate to supervise their own employee.
- The school failed to properly supervise that employee. Ignoring reports of sexual misconduct could be one way in which the organization fails
- There was an injury that resulted from the failure to supervise.
Alternatively, the plaintiff could try to sue the school under the theory of respondeat superiors, where an employee causes injury to another when acting within the scope of their employment. There is an open question of whether a perpetrator’s sexual abuse is an activity within the scope of employment.
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- Stephanie Elam and Jack Hannah. “93 more ex-students accuse former USC gynecologist of sexual misconduct, attorney says”, CNN, https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/18/us/usc-gynecologist-george-tyndall-new-accusers/index.html. Accessed June 27, 2019.
- Katie Malafronte. “USC Settles with Ex-Gynecologist’s Sexual Abuse Victims for $215M”, Campus Safety Magazine, https://www.campussafetymagazine.com/clery/usc-settles-abuse-victims-215-m/. Accessed June 27, 2019.
- Bill Chappell. “Penn State Abuse Scandal: A Guide And Timeline”, NPR, https://www.npr.org/2011/11/08/142111804/penn-state-abuse-scandal-a-guide-and-timeline. Accessed June 27, 2019.
- FindLaw. “College Sexual Assault: Key Legal Issues”, FindLaw, https://education.findlaw.com/higher-education/college-sexual-assault-key-legal-issues.html. Accessed June 27, 2019.
- KBA Attorneys. “$215M Settlement Announced in USC Sex Abuse Class Action Lawsuit”, KBA Attorneys, https://www.kbaattorneys.com/blog/215-million-settlement-announced-usc-sex-abuse-class-action-lawsuit/. Accessed June 27, 2019.
- KBA Attorneys. “Six former students sue USC and former doctor who allege sexual harassment”, KBA Attorneys, https://www.kbaattorneys.com/blog/six-former-students-sue-usc-and-former-doctor-allege-sexual-harassment/. Accessed June 27, 2019.