While cops in New Mexico take rapist daddies to a truck stop for the night instead of jailing them, professionals who actually DO report child abuse/sexual abuse or take it seriously are hounded and harassed. This doctor has no vested interest in reporting or not reporting. And yet a doctor with a 50-year-old practice is being tormented because some sicko UNNAMED DAD insists on watching his 15-year-old daughter be examined by a woman doctor, and busted into the examining room so he could do so. Was he afraid of what she might say or do without Daddy around? Was he afraid of what the doctor might find out? Does he just get his jollies in watching? Or does he just regard this girl as his possession, with no right to privacy, even though she is now an adolescent? Where is this girl's mother anyway? Conveniently "missing" from the picture as usual....
Sadly, while we piously lecture professionals on the importance of reporting, and sanctimoniously condemn those who failed to do so, abusers are remarkable successful at getting those in authority to hound professionals who DO their jobs. This is basically a variation of abuse by proxy, which, unfortunately, is not uncommon.
I hope this doctor is able to sue daddy. Because he sounds like a sicko. What kind of father insists on "watching" while a woman doctor examines a 15-year-old girl? What kind of daddy insists on busting into the exam room while the examination is in progress? A daddy with control issues and something to hide, that's what. Assuming he's not a full-blown sexual abuser, which many of these creeps actually are.
INVISIBLE MOTHER ALERT
Doctor Says State's Charges Are "Outright Lies"
January 13, 2012|By JOSH KOVNER
Medical regulators are considering the case of a Watertown family doctor who is accused of filing a false report of child abuse or neglect against the father of a 15-year-old girl the doctor had examined in her office.
State health inspectors have also charged Dr. Mary Jane Brackett with improperly documenting the examination of the girl and falsifying the medical record.
Brackett, in an interview Friday, strongly denied the accusations.
Brackett has had four hearings before a sub-panel of the state Medical Examining Board, the last one on Dec. 20.
The panel is now working on a recommended decision to the full board.
Health inspectors reported that the teenage girl came to Brackett's office for an initial visit on Jan. 13, 2009.
The inspectors said the girl's father "accompanied her into the examination room.'' The inspectors said that what followed was "unprofessional behavior'' on Brackett's part "toward the patient and/or her father.''
Brackett "erroneously documented that she had performed a breast examination,'' her statement of charges reads, " and she "documented that she had performed a rectal examination, when in fact no such examination occurred.''
The second count in the statement of charges alleges that a little more than a month later, on April 20, 2009, Brackett "made a report of abuse and/or neglect regarding the teenage patient to the Department of Children and Families.''
The report was "untimely and/or falsely made,'' the charges say.
The second count goes on to allege that Brackett, on the day she examined the girl, "falsely documented in the teenage patient's medical record that the patient disrobed and/or exposed her breast(s) in front of her father.''
Brackett, 75, said the charges being considered by the medical board "are outright lies.'' She said the father barged into her examining room and was asked to leave. She said it wasn't appropriate for him to be in the room with "a 15-year-old young woman who was transitioning from her pediatrician to a family practice.''
She said her position is that the father "pushed his way into the inner sanctum" of her office.
She said she has a "spotless reputation'' after 50 years of practice, with "thousands and thousands of happy patients, whom I went out of my way for.''
Doctors are part of a long list of professionals who are required in Connecticut to report child abuse when they see it or suspect it. The list includes nurses, counselors, clergy, daycare providers, teachers, coaches, and police officers. A mandated reporter who fails to carry out this responsibility is subject to criminal prosecution, as is a person who knowingly files a false report of abuse or neglect.
There is no police involvement in Brackett's case.