More Colleges Facing Lawsuits For Covering Up Sexual Abuse

More Colleges Facing Lawsuits For Covering Up Sexual Abuse

August 26, 2019 27 By Stanley Isaacs


Lawsuits are stacking up against the University
of Southern California with more than 300 students and staffers alleging that the school
covered up the sexual assault of former campus doctor, George Tyndall. This is a story that just doesn’t go away
because it seems like every month, people are coming forward saying that USC did everything
they could to cover up the truth of what was happening. I looked at this story and you try to find
out what are the most salient aspects of the story? I mean, the salient aspects are what did the
girls report, what did the women report about what was happening. The thing that is inescapable is you’ve got
people who are assistants, staff assistants, and I think we learned this on another time
when we did this story, is that this is a doctor that was performing gynecological exams
without gloves and commenting as he goes along and actually keeping them in a test that should
last for 10 minutes was 30 minutes, as he was using his bare hands to perform these
gynecological studies. Of course, just as you’d expect, complaints
were made, complaint after complaint made, to USC and they covered it up. Right. This one is particularly disgusting because
it’s not just, oh, a few students that … More than 300 right now. More than 300. Right. Then, as you just said, the staff, the staff
also reported not just that kind of behavior because he was being sexually explicit with
them, also hugely racist comments he was making to them. It was only racist comments that actually
started his downfall. Right. In other words, it wasn’t the fact that he
was actually molesting these girls year after year. It was the racist comment. All of a sudden, USC’s like, “Well, we’ve
got to pay attention to that.” Well, and you know, this guy was basically
the on-campus gynecologist. The women there at the university had little
option. It was on campus, it was close, it was allegedly
safe because it was campus sanctioned, so they go in there. Then this happens. They report it to the school, women after
women, into the hundreds. The same stories though. It was the same kind of stories. Right. It was saying, “He’s not even using gloves
in exam.” Any expert gynecologist would say, “Well,
how long should this exam last? How long should he be having his hands on
breasts? How long should he be having his bare hand
in the vagina?” First of all, there wouldn’t be any bare hands
at all. Right. They kept hearing the same story. It wasn’t like there was anything aberrational
about it. I think it’s interesting. After they come up and they determine that
he’s making these discriminatory, sexually inappropriate comments, as they describe it,
then he sues the university. He doubles down. He says, “Well, I’m going to sue the university
for what you’ve done to my career.” That’s when all hell breaks loose and the
rest of the stories are finally told because, truth is, USC had the stories all along. Right. That’s almost as big of an issue as what Tyndall
himself was doing because this is the same kind of behavior that we saw with the Catholic
church, we’ve seen it at Ohio State with USA gymnastics. It’s that the institution knew this was taking
place, whether it’s a university, a church, or whatever it is, they knew it was happening,
they did what they could to cover it up, Penn State, another great example, and this is
what happens. You cover it up, you don’t get rid of the
abuser, you don’t stop the behavior, and you allow more women, due to your complacency
with it, to fall victim to this guy. That’s why we’re having such massive lawsuits. Well, yeah. Look, it’s not about, gee, we’re trying to
protect the victims. It’s never about the victims. Right. It’s we’re trying to protect our staff member
because, A, if these reports are made, it hurts our reputation, because colleges actually
… They go about rating how safe is your child going on this campus. That’s something they look at and they publish
material about that. It goes to the issue of the overall validity
of how much oversight there is going on in the university. You put your child in university. You expect there be some oversight. Now we learn that these universities do just
the opposite. It’s not just universities we’re talking about. Right. But here you have universities where they
actually have infrastructures right there at the university to when the victim comes
in, the first thing they do, they get them to sign a nondisclosure. Yeah. A nondisclosure. Okay. We want you to sign a nondisclosure. Really? You want a nondisclosure because you want
to protect not the victim, and you’re not doing it really even to protect the aggressor,
you’re doing it to protect the university. What makes me so angry about the stories like
this is because the university, it’s all about what’s our reputation, are we going to be
sued, this is one reason they [inaudible 00:05:19]. That’s because they’re worried about being
sued. If you get sued one time, other people hear
about it, it’s public, and then other people pile on because the same thing’s happened
to them. One thing they do, and I just … Somebody’s
investigate this. I know in Yale, for example, we’ve talked
about this before, they’ve got a system. Somebody is attacked, they go, they meet with
this committee. It’s a committee that says, “Oh, well, we’re
going to take care of this.” Well, no. They don’t really take care of it. They have this person sign a nondisclosure
and it dies there. Well, yeah. Another thing we’re looking at here, too,
is just the fact that when you have these institutions that help with the coverup, which
again we’re seeing in too many specific instances here, but Tyndall himself, right, at USC,
in a position of power, abusing these women for years, and it even went on for at least
one more year after the school realized they can’t cover it up anymore. A year later, they finally put him on leave. But you have created this new generation,
essentially, of women who have to carry this around for the rest of their lives. Yeah. Most of them don’t like to come forward because
when they do, as you pointed out, they’re treated like they’re making it up, that it’s
not credible, then no investigation happens, they lose faith in the entire process. You’ve destroyed them on so many different
levels, and that’s what’s so disgusting. Well, part of the story here. Harvey Weinstein, for example, believes that
he’s above the law. He’s considering his payouts to those in power. There’s a chance that he might be right. This story with Weinstein, this latest story
on Weinstein, lands on Cuomo, Governor of the state of New York. This is a story that’s been out there but
they held it back until after the election. This is really interesting. The way this story developed is it’s been
out there for quite a while. The media didn’t pick it up because this was
a hidden story. Some media members … It’s like almost like
the very beginning of this story, the media wouldn’t report the story. The media also didn’t report that Andrew Cuomo
had actually gotten this huge, what was it, $25,000- Yeah. 25,000. … from David Boies, okay, who is, by the
way, Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer, and that all of a sudden, we find out that the investigation
into the Weinstein case disappears. Cuomo ends up calling it off.