I want to start by reiterating I still have not received a response from my POLICE COMPLAINT filed over 30 days ago about UMB Medical Library TOILET CAM PORN sexual predatory hacking into wired women's bathroom on 1st fl of library.
As I research for coming LAWSUIT I identify articles and legal rulings/court precedence in same category----IE, SEXUAL ASSAULTS/PORNOGRAPHY/ILLEGAL WIRE FRAUD TIED TO PORNOGRAPHY.
I will share a few articles written with UMMS as the institution tied to all this SEXUAL ASSAULT---but remember, JOHNS HOPKINS has as many complaints about SEXUAL MISCONDUCT----and of course one can easily relate a SEXUAL PREDATOR as GYNECOLOGIST who was found having CAMERA STREAMING VIDEOS of under-the sheet examinations of women being served at JOHNS HOPKINS MEDICAL CAMPUS.
POLICE COMPLAINT UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND BALTIMORE CAMPUS POLICE AND SECURITY
February 15, 2019
To: Chief Cary
214 N Pine St
Baltimore, MD 21201
COMPLAINT # 190085 Feb 8, 2019
Police information -----PFC T Taylor Badge # 75
I first contacted CHIEF CAREY of University of Maryland campus police who did indeed find time to meet with me regarding my desire to FILE A COMPLAINT. I spoke briefly about why I felt to be a victim of TOILET CAM PORNOGRAPHY giving the description above to why 1st floor bathrooms were VULNERABLE to these hacking crimes----while others may not. I indicated a desire to both file a COMPLAINT------as well as discuss with SECURITY how to FIX THIS VULNERABILITY to protect from future sexual assaults via TOILET CAMS.
Chief Carey was very attentive----she arranged a meeting for me with both a police detective for FILING COMPLAINT and a meeting with a SECURITY officer to arrange for inspections of UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND CAMPUS womens' rooms not only in that LIBRARY but campus---wide. This facility construction failure could be in many places although POLICE OFFICER assured no other floor plan like the 1st floor women's room exists.
WHEN YOU KNOW A POLICE OFFICER IS MAKING COMMENT NOT TRUE----THEN YOU WORRY ABOUT HOW THIS COMPLAINT WILL BE HANDLED.
Another concern as above was my description of HOW HACKING LIGHTING SYSTEMS works. I have until now not thought about SPYING AND EQUIPMENT but had spent a good deal of time educating on just that and understood how a NOSY NEIGHBOR AND THE GANG could sit near this women's room and indeed HACK IT. The police officer tells me 1st floor women's room is not computer accessible---IE supposedly the lighting fixtures are not wired for hacking ---she said for example those bathrooms have MANUAL LIGHT SWITCHES----not the automatic sensor light system as if THAT proves a bathroom lighting system cannot be HACKED. This again was FALSE statement by police officer as a renovation of bathrooms can indeed be wired while maintaining manual light switches.
I left that INTERROGATION with no copy of A COMPLAINT ----but only a COMPLAINT NUMBER. Since that officer has only taken notes -----I assumed a FINAL COMPLAINT would be coming very soon. This occurred on 2/8----I went back police office on 2/12 to access this COMPLAINT having no information telling me to WRITE MY OWN COMPLAINT.
The next problem comes with the fact that INTERROGATION ROOMS are wired----cameras and microphones tape these sessions so I KNOW there is a recorded tape of MY COMPLAINT PROCESS. When I ask police officer how to access that---or if this review process will look at this INTERROGATION ROOM TAPE RECORDING-----I am told there IS NONE.
WE KNOW THAT THE OFFICER IS NOT TELLING TRUTH. SO, AGAIN, I WORRY ABOUT HOW THIS COMPLAINT WILL BE HANDLED.
Continuing my COMPLAINT regarding TOILET CAMS in UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARY 1st floor women's bathroom-----
I discussed with the two security and police employees sent by Chief Carey to address my complaint why I knew those bathroom light fixtures were VULNERABLE to computer camera hacking-----easy peasy.
I described to SECURITY employee HOLLOWELL------and to the police detective details about how lighting fixtures are hacked and how I am sure it happens to 1st floor women's bathroom. Again, when a LIGHT BULB is exposed from the LIGHT WELL FIXTURE anything visible to LIGHT BULB is vulnerable to CAMERA-CAPTURE. I spoke about the distance one can be with a computer to make those TOILET CAM HACKS. For example, 1st floor computer space one could be within distance to hack ------lot's of personal computer use at these public computers for example maybe having all those SPY CAMERA APPS.
I know that the police are able to take the University of Maryland Science Library surveillance feed both camera and microphone to do a search for these kinds of activities. It can KEY words phrases like SHE KNOWS WHAT I AM DOING------and voila, the search would lead to that 2nd floor computer area and the 1st floor person or persons saying that phrase.
I described how the 1st floor women's bathroom was VULNERABLE to hacking from 2nd floor computer area close enough to that 2nd floor bathroom area. Because the 1st floor lighting fixture and LIGHT BULBS are built into the CEILING-----that CEILING LIGHT is very close to those 2nd floor computers----ergo, easy peasy to HACK. I cannot put date on hearing 1st floor SHE KNOWS WHAT I AM DOING---but, I can place a date on hearing that phrase on 2nd floor----that would the I was investigating 2nd floor women's bathroom after that 2/7/2018 TOILET CAM awareness. Simply searching for that phrase in university surveillance videos will capture that man at the computer doing that hacking and the second man saying SHE KNOWS WHAT WE ARE DOING.
Not knowing a specific date-----I was aware of a 1ST FLOOR BATHROOM renovation I would estimate about 4 months ago-----at the time the university was addressing policies of having to have UNISEX bathrooms for TRANSEXUAL/gender-blending issues surrounding male/female toilet use. Looking for date of building UNISEX BATHROOM on 1st floor will allow an investigation of what renovations happened to all those 1st floor bathrooms---men's and women's ----as well as that UNISEX.
I noticed that the wall having water fountains was torn out with lots of work done on say water pipes and wiring going up through that central access. I know that UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND FACILITIES MAINTENANCE with a director ROBERT RIESNER would have ordered those renovations. Then there are those management tied to ordering the supplies used in this renovation----and then there are the work control assigning workers who install that water piping/wiring tied to this bathroom renovation. I would expect an investigation to look at the records tied to this 1st floor bathroom renovation to attain an idea of what kinds of wiring et al replaced the old. I would wonder if those requisitions may not be accurate, so opens minds on what was installed as wiring. A police officer who says ----the 1st floor bathroom is not computer/wired because it has manual light switches does not understand that a bathroom being wired does not have to have sensor switches.
Upon experiencing this TOILET CAM exposure at University of Maryland LIBRARY I wanted to check what was done at other universities---so, I looked at all of JOHNS HOPKINS EISENHOWER LIBRARY women's bathrooms. Those bathrooms have lighting that can be SENSOR ---OFF/ON SWITCHES and are indeed WIRED-----microphone and camera capture. What EISENHOWER LIBRARY does differently then U OF M Baltimore campus is this: The number of light wells are fewer------those light wells are installed into walls NOT CEILINGS------and those light fixtures are BLOCKED by wooden shade making sure those LIGHT BULBS cannot be hacked and uses as cameras----as well, there was no fixture over toilet giving visual access to a person inside toilet stall---especially SITTING ON TOILET. So, it appears that while EISENHOWER has very likely WIRED those bathrooms to capture images and voices----they had FACILITIES MAINTENANCE install renovations in ways that would PROTECT HOPKINS' STUDENTS FROM VULNERABILITY from hacked LIGHT BULBS used as TOILET CAMS.
I spoke in detail to University of Maryland Security HOLLOWELL about my desire to not only tour the women's bathrooms in U OF M LIBRARY so I could explain how these TOILET CAM hacks are being done---but, I expressed a desire to do an EXPANDED tour of campus women's bathrooms looking for these same VULNERABILITIES. Remember, our MENS' BATHROOMS are equally VULNERABLE----there are people wanting images of MEN as well as women in TOILET CAM PORNOGRAPHY. This is not only a case SEXUAL ASSAULT ON WOMEN in these TOILET CAM PORNOGRAPHY.
I returned to University of Maryland campus Police and Security office 2/12/2019 to follow up on what police detective created as a final draft of my COMPLAINT since I was wanting MY EDITS to anything created from that POLICE INTERROGATION. I made clear I wanted MY WORDS on this COMPLAINT ----I asked if there was a form to assure that MY WORDS were on that COMPLAINT------I also made clear there would be an INTERROGATION VIDEO of all the points made during that COMPLAINT INTERVIEW. I was told my only recourse was to do a REQUEST FOR A REPORT -----given online email----online sights ----telling me how to request a REPORT -------with me saying over and over-----this will not get me a COMPLAINT in MY WORDS. I would expect a review of that encounter keeping in mind----I might appear a bit aggressive because I KNEW this COMPLAINT process was not working---I wanted to get this COMPLAINT PROCESS RIGHT.
I left that encounter being told to go online to request whatever COMPLAINT that original INTERROGATING OFFICER created---that was my ONLY RECOURSE. Not as important, but a civil injustice is this continuous requirement that citizens PAY FEES to attain ordinary PUBLIC POLICE DOCUMENTS so, I was told not only would not have a COMPLAINT IN MY WORDS----but, I would have to pay $20 to attain a copy of a police-written COMPLAINT.
As well, try as I might to reach SECURITY EMPLOYEE HOLLOWELL to discuss how light fixtures are HACKED for TOILET CAMS and to tour campus-wide women's bathrooms for VULNERABILITY-----I have yet to be able to reach HOLLOWELL. I tried on 2/7/2019 to schedule a time convenient to his schedule-----I tried 2/12/2019 by phone to reach his office to schedule that tour. I passed HOLLOWELL on street heading for a meeting on 2/12/2019 being told he did not have time to talk----I repeated PLEASE CALL with a scheduled time. My phone taken------so far, no attempt to address these WOMENS' BATHROOM VULNERABILITIES either in U of M Library 1st floor---or across campus.
KEEP IN MIND----THE KNOWLEDGE OF SPY CAMERA HACKING OF THESE LIGHT FIXTURES IS COMMON KNOWLEDGE----THERE IS NO MYSTERY GOING ON.
AMENDMENT TO COMPLAINT
Cindy Walsh Complaint #190085
I sent yesterday my COMPLAINT case of TOILET CAM in 1st fl women's bathroom U of M Baltimore Medical Library. Today, with more knowledge I would like to make one more point in VULNERABILITY to sexual assault tied to hacking existing wiring to create toilet cam pornography.
While my original complaint identified LIGHT FIXTURES and LIGHT BULB as source of capture by hackers for illegal surveillance I want to include what is called MICRO-USB APPLE CHARGING PLATFORMS. Now, charging platforms can be small for home use---or they can be large for institutional/corporate use. Both large and small platforms have the same capacity to be hacked and made into illegal surveillance both camera and microphone. In this case, U of M Baltimore Medical Library installed a institutional sized CHARGING PLATFORM about the time renovations of 1st floor bathrooms occurred, ie. about 4 months ago. I include the article below because it is an example of that SMALLER CHARGING PLATFORM being used for just what my complaint outlines. Someone can place any laptop, notepad, smart phone inside CHARGING PLATFORM wired connection to Library electrical source---same as bathroom LIGHT FIXTURES/LIGHT BULBS. The charging process for these devices which likely are CAMERA-MICROPHONE-READY allow someone to not even be in those close locations I describe in yesterday's complaint. I know my concerns outlined yesterday are VALID----but now I see further VULNERABILITY with CHARGING PLATFORM placed right against 1st floor bathrooms. Camera functions can be piggy-backed---meaning someone could use another computer to attach to that device inside CHARGING PLATFORM and control image capture same way as described in yesterday's account. This platform is additional to my claims in yesterday's complaint. I am sure both avenues have and will be exploited when these bathroom renovations create VULNERABILITY not only with LIGHT FIXTURES/LIGHT BULBS----but any device inside bathroom being SENSORED-----as fire alarms for example.
MICRO-USB APPLE CHARGING PLATFORM
"voyeur” porn sites, some of which showed “what appeared to be footage from hidden cameras in bathrooms of women using the restroom.”
'she removed it from the downstairs bathroom at DFR Station 11 to charge her phone upstairs. Her husband was reportedly the one who first realized the charger actually also functioned as a camera'
Below we see where in DALLAS, a DALLAS police department took all this very seriously----they are investigating-----the FIRE DEPARTMENT leaders were pushing this investigation. What is different in this DALLAS----or maybe not-----is that where this article hints this pornography suspect was a LONE-GUN------I KNOW my was not a LONE-GUN and I KNOW my case ended being downloaded onto pornographic internet sites, this making it WIRE CRIMES ----not simply a case of self-enjoyed images.
Please, include in any investigation of this COMPLAINT #190085 all of these points of VULNERABILITY and the knowledge these TOILET CAM PORNOGRAPHY are being found on the internet pornography sites. All these VULNERABILITIES can be solved through FACILITIES CORRECTIONS PROTECTING LIGHT FIXTURES and placement of things like CHARGING PLATFORMS away from BATHROOMS/GYM LOCKER ROOMS/ANY CHANGING AREA.
From these complaints by employees working at UMMS came the announcement that UMMS would continue to investigate these SEXUAL ASSAULTS itself. SELF-REGULATION------the corporation will be the OVERSIGHT.
This article was written on DEC 28, 2017, less than year before the next round of articles tied to SEXUAL ASSAULTS at UMMS. Those next articles came in NOV 2019---and DEC 2019.
The University of Maryland is still investigating their own sexual assault cases
Jazz ShawPosted at 11:01 am on December 28, 2017
The Baltimore Sun is reporting that the University of Maryland at College Park is once again under federal investigation over how they respond to reports of sexual violence on campus. Even with recent changes implemented by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as to how Title IX cases are handled, many investigations stretch on for months or even years longer than they are supposed to under current rules. This is creating a backlog of campus investigations and raising questions of how seriously the university is taking its obligations.
The U.S. Department of Education has opened a third investigation into how the University of Maryland, College Park responds to reports of sexual violence on campus.
The department confirmed Wednesday that its Office for Civil Rights initiated an investigation on Dec. 6. Two other investigations were launched earlier this year.
The state’s flagship university is one of nearly 250 institutions across the country currently under investigation for possible violations of Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex.
“We plan to fully comply and assist in the review process,” university spokeswoman Katie Lawson said in a statement. “Our commitment to a campus free of sexual misconduct remains steadfast.”
While the entire premise of these kangaroo court style tribunals is a farce to begin with, it’s easy to see how students may feel that the system isn’t functioning properly. And the complaints aren’t limited to just College Park. There are similar reports being looked into at Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Saint Mary’s College of Maryland and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
At College Park, the school’s Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct has faced complaints of insufficient funding, staffing and resources, leading to huge delays in response to allegations of sexual misconduct. Under Title IX guidelines, a response is supposed to be forthcoming within sixty days, but students frequently wait twice as long. At some Maryland schools, the waiting time has been as long as four years. Can you imagine if you had been raped or otherwise sexually assaulted and the police took four years to get back to you about the status of your case?
That brings us back to the ongoing complaint I’ve had with all of these stories. While it’s good that Betsy DeVos has taken steps to ensure that both the victim and the accused have access to a fair process, it doesn’t answer the question of why colleges are conducting criminal investigations in the first place. The people in charge of these inquisitions are not qualified to handle criminal investigations and, as we’re seeing in Maryland, they don’t have the resources to tackle the job even if they were.
If there’s a report of any form of sexual assault on campus, the first step in the process needs to be a call to the police. Once that’s done and a proper investigation is underway, the school is free to ensure that the student making the allegations has access to medical treatment, counseling and any other resources she may need. But the process of determining guilt and punishing the perpetrator has to be handled by law enforcement and the courts or else the entire farce is pointless. If the school makes their own determination of guilt they have no ability to lock the rapist away in jail. Expelling him from school simply releases a predator out into the community to victimize other women. Is that really so hard to understand?
As I follow pathways from what our US agencies tasked with crime and corruption accountability-----as I write POLICE COMPLAINTS----as I seek to make public my case of illegal surveillance and PORNOGRAPHY at my living space and from TOILET CAM PORN at UMMS women's bathroom-----I want to headline those agents for public justice which not only FAIL to protect in SEXUAL ASSAULT cases-----but actively work AGAINST our US 99% WE THE PEOPLE black, white, and brown who become SEXUAL ASSAULT victims-------
When I read the Baltimore and Maryland pathways to public justice for SEXUAL ASSAULTS, it is the OFFICE OF MARYLAND STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL as the office having the MOST responsibility in taking these cases to court for CRIMINAL PROSECUTION------but, as I see below in this UMMS case-----the ATTORNEY GEN FROSH-------works to defend UMMS from any LEGAL DAMAGE calling a SEXUAL ASSAULT victim case ------using technicalities to simply seek to DISMISS this SEXUAL ASSAULT lawsuit at UMMS-------
'After lawsuit, complaints from women, University of Maryland School of Medicine announces sweeping changes
As I educate and advocate against saturated NOSY NEIGHBOR AND THE GANG illegal surveillance and PORNOGRAPHY----I want all 99% of WE THE PEOPLE, US citizens and immigrants to understand what pathways NEED TO WORK-----and which DO NOT WORK.
In this case a victim of SEXUAL ASSAULT the victim went to IX TITLE ----Title 9 public justice structures tied to university campuses as routes for justice but as I see below she was given the same RUNAROUND as I am receiving when I report this to POLICE/UNIVERSITY/PUBLIC JUSTICE departments.
'the Title IX investigative report in April 2017, Goldstein’s suit alleges, it “contained many inaccuracies and key omissions.”'
The Title IX investigation having lots of INACCURACIES AND OMISSIONS.
Lawsuit claims University of Maryland medical school ignored sexual harassment complaints
Talia Richman and Liz BowieContact Reporter
The Baltimore Sun November 13, 2018
Carly Goldstein says the text messages lit up her phone at all hours of the day and night.
“You are smoking hot in the way that I enjoy,” a supervisor texted her in July of 2015.
“I would give a pinky to have you for 24 hours,” he wrote a few months later.
For three years, Dr. Robert Crawford, a vascular surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center and a professor at the affiliated University of Maryland medical school, sexually harassed her, Goldstein alleges in a federal lawsuit.
Goldstein, a 31-year-old former research coordinator, is suing the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and its School of Medicine, saying officials ignored her pleas to intervene and failed to take action to stop persistent harassment.
Instead, between 2014 and 2017, Crawford continued to make unwanted advances toward Goldstein that were dismissed by supervisors and disregarded by a university investigative body, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
Lawsuit alleges culture of covering up sexual assault complaints in Baltimore County, UMBC
An investigation by The Baltimore Sun has found that three other women complained to the university about Crawford’s behavior, saying he harassed them or other women and that superiors failed to take action to stop the behavior. Two of those women provided The Sun copies of their written communications with administrators in the university’s Title IX office, which investigates claims of sexual harassment.
Those women and three others who asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation describe an atmosphere where inappropriate comments were accepted as part of the male-dominated vascular surgery department. Among them are two female surgeons who say they eventually left the department because of the harassment.
Attorney General Brian Frosh on Friday filed a response on behalf of the university, asking for the lawsuit to be dismissed. He writes that Goldstein was never technically an employee of the university or on its payroll. Instead, Goldstein worked for a foundation located in the Baltimore VA Medical Center alongside doctors who were also part-time faculty members at the university, his response states.
University officials said they addressed Goldstein’s complaints, and that they had no comment on the litigation.
“The University of Maryland, Baltimore takes allegations of harassment and mistreatment very, very seriously,” Alex Likowski, UMB’s executive director of media relations, said in a statement. “As soon as this matter was brought to our attention we investigated immediately and promptly took reasonable steps to address the complaints. However, since this is a pending legal and personnel matter, I can’t address the specific allegations, the results of our investigation or any actions taken by the university at this time.” Likowski was speaking for UMB, which includes the medical school.
Frosh’s response states that the university’s Title IX office took reasonable steps to investigate Goldstein’s allegations. In the end, officials concluded that Goldstein and Crawford had a relationship that “voluntarily extended beyond that of strictly work colleagues, and that Dr. Crawford could reasonably conclude that his advances were not unwelcome.”
Still, the university determined “Crawford had shown poor judgment, and thereafter the University elected to not renew his faculty contract,” the response states.
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Crawford, who left the university last year and now works in Atlanta, declined to comment through his lawyer.
The Sun does not typically name alleged victims of sexual misconduct. But Goldstein said she wanted to speak publicly in hopes the university would be forced to “address the environment that allowed a predator to thrive.”
“I’m proceeding with this and coming forward because I truly hope at some point it will enact change, that they will address sexism” in the surgery department, she said in an interview with The Sun.
The lawsuit, filed in August, alleges Crawford pursued Goldstein relentlessly beginning in April of 2014. It claims he told her he was having difficulty concentrating on his work because he was looking at her body. Goldstein was at the time jointly employed as a research coordinator by the Baltimore Research and Education Foundation and the university medical school, the lawsuit states. BREF is also named as a defendant in the suit.
“The Baltimore Research and Education Foundation (BREF) is committed to maintaining a workplace free of sexual harassment,” Caroline Zink, executive director of BREF, said in a statement. “BREF complied with its obligations under federal and state anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws with respect to Ms. Goldstein. Because this is a pending litigation, we are unable to comment any further on this issue.”
Among other high-ranking positions, Crawford was an associate professor in the University of Maryland medical school and medical director of the Vascular Surgery Progressive Care Unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center before leaving in 2017. He also conducted federal research at the Baltimore VA Medical Center.
He now works in the Emory University School of Medicine. A university spokeswoman said, “Emory does not discuss hiring decisions."
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Goldstein worked for Crawford and other doctors on their research studies from 2014 to 2017. Her lawsuit alleges that when she would ask Crawford to sign off on documents and complete other necessary tasks as her supervisor, he would meet her request with “a demand that Goldstein agree to go to a bar with him.”
The alleged harassment escalated over the next three years, Goldstein said in an interview, even as she says she emphasized she was not interested in pursuing a romantic relationship.
Crawford once took her “to a local bar under the pretense that he was taking her to a cadaver lab for work-related purposes,” the lawsuit states.
In an interview, Goldstein acknowledged that despite the alleged harassment, she sometimes agreed to meet Crawford for dinner or drinks. Now 31, she said she looks back and chides herself for not being more forceful in confronting Crawford about his inappropriate comments as soon as they began. But in her 20s, at a job that she hoped would lead to graduate school and a career in medicine, she said she was willing to put up with it.
“I just saw him as a frat guy that was obnoxious,” she said. “I thought I could manage him.”
In the lawsuit, she alleges that Crawford twice touched her non-consensually, once in November 2015 and once in July 2016.
The two met at the Brewer’s Art bar and restaurant in November 2015, the lawsuit states, and “Crawford reached his arm around Goldstein, touched her legs and thigh and commenced kissing her against her will.” Goldstein’s suit says she repeatedly told him to stop and began sobbing. The suit said the bartender came over to see what was wrong. She said in an interview that she grabbed her purse and ran out of the restaurant, and still jumps when someone reaches out for an unexpected touch.
A flawed, inconsistent police response to sexual assault in Maryland
Shortly after she rejected him at the restaurant, according to the lawsuit, Crawford tried to fire Goldstein from his division.
The lawsuit states Goldstein was called into another doctor’s office and informed that Crawford wanted to remove her from his division. Dr. Shahab Toursavadkohi, another vascular surgeon, said he recognized Crawford’s request as retaliation, according to the suit.
This doctor told Goldstein he would “handle it” but that she should expect to be asked out because she is a “pretty girl,” the lawsuit states.
Asked for comment, Toursavadkohi replied with a brief statement. “This is an unfortunate story and I feel bad for Carly,” Toursavadkohi wrote in an email to The Sun. “I’ve always thought that I protected Carly but it seems that she doesn’t recognize it.”
Though she remained employed after the incident, Crawford would remind Goldstein that his work supported her salary, the lawsuit states.
She says she thought his word had the power to derail or accelerate her career.
“I felt like if I told him no, I’d lose my letter of recommendation to grad school,” she said in an interview. “He always held that over my head.”
Goldstein said Crawford was at times helpful to her career, mentoring her and involving her in projects that were published. The two exchanged roughly 4,500 text messages over the three years she alleges he sexually harassed her, discussing topics both related and unrelated to work.
She said in an interview that she felt she had to “keep him at bay.”
Goldstein’s suit says she reported the incidents to other supervisors in the medical school, but they shrugged off her fears and made dismissive comments about her experiences. She eventually went to the Title IX office, but she alleges investigators failed to dig into some of her most serious claims or interview her witnesses. They appeared biased to Crawford’s version of events, according to her lawsuit.
When she received a draft copy of the Title IX investigative report in April 2017, Goldstein’s suit alleges, it “contained many inaccuracies and key omissions.”
The university ultimately found that no hospital policy violation took place, according to the lawsuit.
“I had trouble processing that. How could anyone look at this and see what he did and say he did nothing wrong?” she said. “I felt like I was being gas-lit.”
In February and March of 2017, Goldstein filed discrimination charges with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In April, she resigned from her position, taking a pay cut of $25,000 for a different job in the same medical system.
Goldstein’s formal complaints against the doctor came months before a series of allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein would set off a national reckoning about the way women are treated in the workplace and elsewhere. It was one of a series of complaints about Crawford.
One woman who used to work with Crawford, who asked not to be named for fear it would hurt her career, shared the university’s draft copy of notes from a 2017 interview with Title IX representatives and the university’s counsel in which she, too, describes inappropriate behavior by Crawford. The notes describe similar types of harassment — sexual comments in the workplace, non-consensual touching and veiled threats that he could derail the woman’s career. The woman now works at another prominent hospital out of state.
She was interviewed by university officials because someone in the hospital reported her experiences to a supervisor, according to the notes.
The medical center and university jointly investigated her case, and ruled — as with Goldstein’s — that no violation of policy had occurred.
Another woman, a vascular surgeon at another hospital in the region, who asked not to be identified because she still works in the field, described inappropriate behavior by Crawford at professional conferences. She said Crawford would talk about wanting to sleep with her, and made her so nervous that she made sure he never saw what floor she got off at on the hotel elevator.
“I should never feel uncomfortable going to my hotel room at a vascular surgery meeting,” she said in an interview with The Sun.
The chief of vascular surgery, Dr. Rajabrata Sarkar, was also told in 2014 that Crawford harassed a female sales representative by “demanding that a female product sales representative spend time alone with him in order for him to consider the products she was selling,” according to the lawsuit.
Sarkar referred questions to the university’s spokesman.
A doctor who was an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center, who asked not to be named because she still works in the field, said she reported harassment of the sales representative to her superiors and then suffered retaliation. She said her schedule was rearranged in a way that took away much of her work with patients.
“In retrospect, it was an active attack on my practice,” she told The Sun.
During a Title IX investigation of the incident, the woman said she reported the retaliation to the university but says investigators told her it was irrelevant to the case. She said that during her interview with investigators, they were not sympathetic.
“I left that meeting tears in my eyes,” she said.
The doctor shared with The Sun a signed copy of the letter she sent to university investigators detailing her complaints about retaliation and a hostile work environment for women.
In the letter, which she sent after meeting with Title IX representatives, she relates a story about a dinner where she was the only woman present.
“I was informed by Dr. Sarkar that I ‘should just be happy I get to eat at the table with the rest of the men,’” she writes. “I have had many female residents over the years come to me with complaints of gender bias, misogynistic comments and unfair treatment on the service.”
The woman says she left her position in 2017 because of the retaliation, and has taken a new job as a surgeon in another city.
Alexis Smith, who was a surgical resident at UMB and is a pediatric surgeon at an Atlanta hospital, said she witnessed an environment “that protected those who were violators of sexual harassment.”
There will always be men who attempt to harass and sexually assault women, she said, “but it is the institution itself that should provide the backbone of intolerance.”
The VERY PUBLIC criticism-----legal actions------taken against UMMS and this is happening on all Baltimore university campuses-------wonders WHY DOES THE PRESIDENT OF UMMS seem to always hire these TYPE A/PREDATOR TYPES?
My lawsuit including both my living space---and this UMMS TOILET CAM PORN has been made very open-----the EXECUTIVE BOARD of these institutions KNOW what is going on.
I will note that this article by BALTIMORE SUN wants to include in this SEXUAL ASSAULT article the idea that a #METOO organization is going to help the 99% of WE THE PEOPLE -----women. #METOO is a far-right wing, extreme wealth extreme poverty ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE group-----filled with global 2% and a 5% freemason/Greek player who could care less----
That is why when these cases surface and departments/agencies say they are addressing this by appointing a WOMAN as director/chief----STILL, NOTHING HAPPENS IN ACCOUNTABILITY-----
Women warned top University of Maryland, Baltimore officials about 'hostile work environment' months before lawsuit
Liz Bowie and Talia Richman
The Baltimore Sun
Nov 16 , 2018
An anonymous group of women that included faculty and medical residents warned top University of Maryland, Baltimore officials in January that prominent surgeons had inappropriate sexual relationships with subordinates and created a “hostile work environment” in the medical school and its affiliated hospital.
The women wrote a letter on Jan. 7 to UMB President Jay A. Perman, School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece and other leaders that described a culture in which it was believed that women would get ahead if they slept with certain surgeons.
“We don't understand why you continue to promote men who abuse their power, fuel a culture of inequality, and further extend a work environment of hostility,” the women wrote in the letter, which was obtained by The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday. They signed it #TimesUp, #MeToo.
University spokesman Alex Likowski said the university responded to the allegations swiftly.
“Very soon after the anonymous letter containing perceptions, rumors and allegations was delivered to UMB and UMMC leadership, they convened and immediately took action,” Likowski said in a statement. “They committed not only to investigate the allegations, but to go beyond them, taking a deep and broad look at the culture and climate of our teams — and to improve them.”
Lawsuit claims University of Maryland medical school ignored sexual harassment complaints
The university hired an outside party to investigate the claims, he said. “There was no evidence that any policies had been violated.”
The anonymous letter was sent roughly eight months before Dr. Carly Goldstein, a 31-year-old former research coordinator, filed suit against the university alleging she was sexually harassed by a vascular surgeon and professor, Dr. Robert Crawford.
She claims in her suit, first reported by The Baltimore Sun, that university officials ignored her pleas to intervene and stop the harassment, which she alleges went on between 2014 and 2017.
The university has said it takes allegations of sexual misconduct seriously. A spokesman said the university looked into Goldstein’s complaints and took reasonable steps to address them.
A university investigative body ultimately ruled that Crawford “could not reasonably conclude that his advances were not unwelcome.”
Still, the investigation determined he had shown “poor judgment” and the school declined to renew his faculty contract. He now works at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.
A Baltimore Sun investigation found at least three other women complained to the university about Crawford’s behavior, saying he harassed them or other women. Those women and others described an atmosphere in which inappropriate comments were accepted as part of the male-dominated vascular surgery department.
The letter sent in January by the anonymous group of women suggests the problems extended beyond that department.
“We are living in a time of heightened awareness of environments where powerful men have privilege and use it to take advantage of and/or benefit the women who surround them,” they wrote. “Our cultures at the [medical school] and the hospital are unfortunately not immune to such behavior.”
Their letter came in the wake of the fall 2017 allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, which set off a national reckoning about the way women are treated in the workplace. Over the past year, stories of alleged and admitted sexual abuse and harassment have been shared using the hashtag #MeToo. Doctors, surgeons, residents and nurses used a more specific call: #MeTooMedicine.
3 women with UMBC ties join sex-assault lawsuit; 1 alleges she was raped by 4 UMBC basketball players
The problem of sexual harassment in hospitals and medical schools is pervasive: A study released in 2016 found that 30 percent of female clinician-researchers had reported sexual harassment.
The anonymous women wrote in the January letter that they spoke for themselves and “women who have not yet found the courage to express their concerns.”
In the letter, they named two surgeons who they alleged had been having open affairs with subordinates. In one case, they said, a surgeon was having multiple relationships with women in his department.
“These relationships have contributed to a culture where both men and women believe that if a woman sleeps with [name redacted] she will benefit financially or by being promoted with questionable merit.”
The letter also described a third surgeon who “continues to make racial slurs and inappropriate sexual commentary.”
In response to the letter, University of Maryland Medical Center President Mohan Suntha, along with Reece, wrote a letter to the university medical community referencing the #MeToo movement and saying they wanted to create a culture of “fairness, respect and inclusion.”
The university hired an outside firm to do 80 confidential focus groups so that employees could speak freely about the culture of the organization. And at the beginning of the fall semester, Perman announced required sexual misconduct awareness and prevention training program for all students, faculty and staff. In addition, the organization has created a joint task force on culture.
The American Medical Association states that “sexual relationships between medical supervisors and trainees are not acceptable, even if consensual” because of concerns about power dynamics.
Roughly four out of five surgeons are male, and that disparity also exists in medical academia. Women constitute 26 percent of assistant professors of surgery, 13 percent of associate professors and 8 percent of professors, according to the Association of Women Surgeons. Of the 25 department chairs in the Maryland medical school, just one is a woman. The university said women represent 19 percent of its medical school leadership, including chairs, directors and deans.
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'Defendants have declined comment on the accusations. Attorney General Brian Frosh filed a motion to dismiss charges on behalf of UMBC and its police chief'.
3 women join lawsuit over alleged UMBC sex-assault cover-up
By - Associated Press - Friday, October 19, 2018
CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Three more women have joined a class-action lawsuit accusing prosecutors, detectives and university officials of covering up sexual assault complaints at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
The Baltimore Sun reports the lawsuit also added new defendants, including UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski III.
One new plaintiff says she was raped by four UMBC basketball players in 2014. Two were later expelled, but county authorities determined there wasn’t evidence a crime occurred. Two plaintiffs, including one of the two women who initially sued, say they were sexually assaulted by UMBC baseball players last year.
Hrabowski recently said the school needed to address Title IX’s “human side.”
Defendants have declined comment on the accusations. Attorney General Brian Frosh filed a motion to dismiss charges on behalf of UMBC and its police chief.