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Rape, Exposure, Groping: The Story Of A Dallas Psych Hospital

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter

A Dallas-area psychiatric hospital is facing numerous allegations of sexual misconduct and assault, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Dallas police are currently investigating the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl that occurred while she was a patient at Timberlawn psychiatric hospital. After news broke about the incident, investigative reporters at The Dallas Morning News found at least one other instance of reported rape and three other instances of unwanted sexual conduct since 2014.

The victims in both rape cases claim that fellow patients raped them.

One woman recounts coming out of the bathroom to find a male patient with an erect penis. The male patient reportedly said “you want this,” and then pushed her on the bed and raped her. The man later reportedly told police that it was “very easy” to get into another patient’s room at Timberlawn, The Dallas Morning News reported.

The police did not arrest the man, claiming they did not have probable cause.

The Dallas hospital is already under investigation for numerous safety violations, which were only unearthed after a patient hung themselves with bedsheets in 2014.

Timberlawn’s CEO James Miller did not respond to requests from Dallas reporters regarding the numerous reports of sexual assault. Miller did say that the well-being of the patients at Timberlawn remains the hospital’s “primary concern.” Miller also said that he does not believe Timberlawn has an above average rate of sexual misconduct, but said that even a single occurrence is “one too many,” according to The Dallas Morning News.

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