Woman sues medical center for alleged sexual assault
PLANTATION, Fla. (WSVN) -- A patient is suing a South Florida hospital after a man paid to protect her allegedly committed an alarming attack.
For five days Tali Duke was at Westside Regional Medical Center Baker Acted, meaning a security guard was with her at all times.
Duke said, during those five days, she was sexually molested 15 times under strong medication, unable to protect herself. "From kissing me," said Duke, "to touching my breasts and putting his hand down my pants."
The lawsuit states, the security guard "forced himself on Tali Duke by grabbing Duke's face and kissing her. (He) touched Duke inappropriately on her breast, lower back and buttocks, and rubbed his groin against her arm."
Duke and her attorney said Westside Regional Medical Center is to blame for failing to protect a patient. They claim Westside Regional breached their duty of reasonable care by failing to establish and implement policies and procedures to prevent sexual assault.
Duke said she was also sexually assaulted as a little girl. She claims what happened to her set her back. Now, she and her attorney are asking for $5 million. "I thought that everything that I lived through was behind me," said Duke, "and when he did this to me, he just restarted that pain."
Only Westside Regional, as parent company, is named in the lawsuit.
The security guard was investigated but never charged.
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