First female veteran shares story amid Beckley VA sexual assault investigation

BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) The first woman has come forward in the case against a Beckley VA physician accused of sexually assaulting dozens of veterans.

Attorneys on the case say many of the veterans pursuing legal action are men, but there is at least one female who claims she was inappropriately touched by the physician.

As there are still no charges filed yet against the physician, WVVA News has decided to withhold his identity and hers as the investigation continues — calling her Jane Doe for the purposes of this story.

Doe said she went with her mother to see the osteopathic doctor at the Beckley VAMC in September of 2018, for head and neck pain.

“The initial red flag was him talking about his genitals within minutes of entering the exam room.”

Against her better judgement, she said she went back, and the physical exam wasn’t the only thing he took too far.

“I went back in December, by myself. He did pretty much the same thing and suggested things I didn’t think he should be suggesting.”

Doe said she did not report the incidents initially. But when news broke of an investigation into a physician at the hospital, she could not stay silent.

“It’s embarrassing and humiliating, but the thing to remember is none of it is our fault. And right now, they’re listening.”

Doe said the VA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and federal authorities are taking her concerns seriously, and urges others with similar experiences to share them to prevent something like this from happening again.

To submit a complaint, visit: https://www.va.gov/oig/hotline/

Annie Moore

Annie Moore

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