While the exact number of victims may never be known, it seems likely Dr. George Tyndall abused at least several hundred young women at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Medical Center. The women who experienced this alleged abuse faced inappropriate behavior and even sexual assault.
Over his 30-year tenure at USC, Dr. Tyndall performed as many as 10,000 pelvic exams on female students and perhaps treated thousands more. Hundreds of these women have already contacted the Los Angeles Police Department, or a USC hotline set up for victims to report alleged abuse. The number of women Dr. Tyndall allegedly abused continues to grow.
How Many Students Did Dr. Tyndall Allegedly Abuse?
If you were a student at USC and visited the medical center for a pelvic exam or another gynecological need between 1989 and 2016—when the abuse allegedly occurred—you might have been a victim of Dr. Tyndall. It is important to know you are not alone, and that more than 300 hundred women contacted the USC hotline just during May 2018. The number of reports increases almost daily in this case.
Many of the thousands of young women Dr. Tyndall examined and treated during almost three decades at the school were between the ages of 18 and 22 at the time. Most of them had never seen a gynecologist before and did not know how to recognize an inappropriate pelvic exam. Dr. Tyndall allegedly used this to his advantage by engaging in inappropriate behavior and sexual assault.
Today, as adults, these women are speaking out to hold Dr. Tyndall and the university accountable.
What Is Dr. Tyndall Accused of Doing?
The women who filed complaints about Dr. Tyndall through the years, as well as those coming forward today, allege abuse and inappropriate behavior. The allegations against Dr. Tyndall include:
- Asking patients to be nude for pelvic exams;
- Taking photographs of patient’s private parts without permission or reason;
- Inappropriate touching during the exam;
- Making inappropriate sexual remarks;
- Making inappropriate racist comments;
- Asking invasive and unnecessary questions about the patient’s sexual history; and
- Giving patients pelvic exams without gloves.
The first known complaints about Dr. Tyndall’s behavior occurred when he was a medical resident at the USC facility. Still, the university hired him on full-time in 1990, and he continued to see as many as 16 young female students each day until he resigned in 2016. This means there could be as many as 80 victims a week for his three-decade tenure. Call a lawyer at 877-385-9792 today for help.
What Was USC’s Role in the Alleged Abuse?
The civil suits filed in this case accuse USC of failing to protect students and allowing more young women to endure this type of abuse. The suits allege that the university is liable for Dr. Tyndall’s behavior because it hired him despite the complaints filed during his residency.
Once on staff, the university handled all complaints and concerns about Dr. Tyndall internally. It did not even disclose these reports to the university’s administration. The investigations into these incidents may have been only rudimentary—if they occurred at all.
Dr. Tyndall continued to see patients until 2016, when a complaint made it to the highest levels of USC leadership. While the investigation allegedly uncovered evidence that supported termination proceedings, USC allowed Dr. Tyndall to resign as a part of a larger settlement agreement.
How Can I Get Justice If I Was a Victim of Dr. Tyndall’s?
If you or a loved one believe you might be a victim of Dr. Tyndall’s alleged sexual assault, it is time to stand with the hundreds of other women who are fighting to hold the doctor and the university liable. If you attended USC between 1989 and 2016, and you had a pelvic exam at the campus health center, you may be able to sue Dr. Tyndall and USC.
Contact the USC hotline, the Los Angeles Police Department, or a lawyer today to discuss your situation and learn if you have grounds to join the women who already filed suit in this case. It is time to take a stand against USC and Dr. Tyndall.