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HERE'S WHAT YOU SAID,  57

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Theodora Hughes - This is just a tragedy for this woman, made infinitely worse by a terrible mistake in the way the Hospital’s President and CEO Responded to it. He should have known better.

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Charlene M. Johnston, Retired c/o V.A. Hospital (Washington, D.C.) - In order for you to understand what's going through this man's head, you would have to be as evil as he is, and not worth the air you breath. How dare the President and CEO of a hospital for Children just reject a claim like this when the evidence is there! Sounds extremely racist to me.

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Tacara Wyatt c/o Howard University Hospital (Washington, D.C.) - I know in my heart that if I even suspect someone of inappropriately touching my teen, I will do very bad things to them.

Arnold Taylor - Sad on all counts.

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Thomas Peebles - You know as hard as it is to read about what happened here, there's a very important point to question still: Was the CEO hospital reprimanded in any way? And if he was not, why not?

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James K. Robinson - This is all very tragic.

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Dana Rostenkowski - WTF is wrong with people?

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Valerie A. Bell c/o Washington Hospital Center (Washington, D.C.) - I have experienced the pain of a being inappropriately touched as a child in a hospital as well. This occurred over fifteen years ago. I felt a rage that I have never felt before towards the abuser (my male nurse) and there was no amount of support or sympathy he could get. He was taken to the precinct, and he was subsequently convicted of the crime of abuse and placed on the Sex-Offender registry for the rest of his life.  This is a tragic incident that can and often does happen with children and young adults everywhere. The unfortunate truth is that it is usually swept under the rug. I am still in counseling, and have managed somehow like you, C.J., not to allow what happened to me to affect me.  Did I want to hurt the nurse? YES! More than anything in the world, but “only” because of the level of almost “uncontrollable” anger, I did not touch him. I turned him in at a place that I thought could help me and protect other youngsters like me. I have stopped everyone I know from taking their children to this hospital, because there is no trust there.  We will never know what went through this nurses’ mind; we will never know the extent of the inappropriate (if more cases have been reported) of touching involving this nurse and other children at the facility. But this we do know, numerous families will forever be changed because this case, and the one you filed, Miss Brooks.  I waited some years before I ever told anyone about what happened to me at the hand of that nurse, but it significantly changed the course of my life. We need to point fingers and place blame where it belongs. I will pray for you through your ordeal, C.J., and continue to pray for the tragic unwilling victims of this horrific incident in Children’s Hospitals everywhere.

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Tracina Tierney, c/o Georgetown University Hospital (Washington, D.C.) - I am a firm believer that anyone allowing harm to come to a patient should be fired from their position.

Ann Adams - Our system is extremely flawed.

JoAnne McPherson – This was a tragedy to happen to begin with. Zechman compounded it and his employees will be the losers.

Cheryl Graves - You know honestly I can't believe what I'm reading. I am certainly no fan of child molesters, or of hospital personnel that allow these things to happen.

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Noelle McCoy c/o St. Elizabeth's Hospital (Washington, D.C.) - The important thing is to be there with and for your child in places like these now.

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Jennifer Whitfield - I truly admire C.J. for handling this the way she did in sharing her story and alerting the public. More people should do the same, and maybe child care facilities like this one will stop molesters from preying on our children.

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Sadine Brown - From everything I've read, it would seem that this man would have been fired as the CEO of Children’s Hospital.

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Perry Carter - As the President and CEO, this mans’ action are way over board for what is known. He is clearly endangering other patients in the hospitals.

Michelle Jackson - I have been on so many child molestation cases where the original complaint was ignored by a staff member for the sake of the facility.

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Kristina Pemberton - I think that a thorough investigation of this facility should ensue. Clearly we have a victim.

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Rita Campbell - Traumatic is looking back and knowing that the nurses didn’t care enough to enough to step up.

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Kimberly Weston - The patients always come first — and I don't think anybody has a question about that, and it does not have to be an either/or situation.

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Sydney Thomas - Violence against patients appears to be increasing around the country as the numbers of staff ignore these claims!

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Grace Robinson - It has to come to a point where hospital staff says, “Enough is enough”.

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B. Jackson c/o Sibley Memorial Hospital (Washington, D.C.) - Allowing patients to be preyed upon is not part of the job, and Bernie Simms should have opened her mouth.

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Marcus Pearson, III - What is amazing is that Bernie Simms could still work at the hospital with good conscience.

Chele' Riggins - There seems to be a real acceptance of violence among hospital staff at a level that is extremely sickening.

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Denise Heuer c/o Providence Hospital (Washington, D.C.) - What has heightened fears among nurses and other health professionals is that attacks on the patients have become even more violent over the years.

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Yolanda Turner - A thing like this sticks in your mind to the point where it's always there, it's always present.

Virginia Gorman, R.N. - I'm on heightened alert now for my children whenever I have to go to Children’s Hospital a hundred percent of the time, after reading this.

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Tony Allen – Hearing this really sucks. I have kids. I will not take them to that facility anymore.

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Michael Stewart - The problem stems from Personnel not doing thorough background checks on the employees.

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Andrew Vaughn - I worked in the nursing field as a nurse assistant for a combined 19 years, and even I realize that letting a patient be abused is not part of the job.

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Andrew Youngblood - They ought to have a police officer or hospital security in the Therapy Department at Children's Hospital all times!

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Karen Gray - I work in a state hospital, and the rate of violence against the patients is high! It sucks when you have to go to work and try to work with people who are absolutely bent on doing wrong towards the people they serve - especially when they are youngsters.

Claudia Yeager - If the hospital isn't going to provide children with security, provide them with tazers and the training to use them as patients. NO CHILD or TEEN in a hospital should EVER have to be subject to assault or groping. Not in this country!

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Bruce Wysong - My daughter is in college to become an RN, she is currently a CNA working at a care facility, and a mother. She has read many reports of young adults being attacked and groped, I told her not to put up with it, if she witnesses it or if it is reported to her.

Glen Williams - It's basically a problem created jointly by doctors and lawyers. Going to the facility should not be worth it, if you feel that the patients were not worth looking after!

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Daryl Townsend - Scalpel ... check. Sutures ... check. Taser... check.

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Ellis Tucker - I am a nurse, and the violence towards the patients is not just limited to the hospital. It also takes place in nursing homes from residents and families and on the hospital floors themselves.

Grace Young - What a shame that these folks are helping children to get assaulted by the very people they should be protecting them against.

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Valerie Adams - I certainly applaud anyone with the cahones to report am assault of this type in a hospital. I would be for harsher penalties on anyone who assaults the youngsters.

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Addie Edmonds - I've ran across some pretty obnoxious nurses. You can bet that when it's my dime that shit does not fly! I don't go to the hospital to put up with some cranky batches’ attitude. I've met some therapists at Children’s’ Hospital that I wouldn't let treat my dog little alone me!

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Charmelle Houseman - There is no downtime when caring for patients.

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Susan Atkinson - Pictures of pedophiles should be plastered all over the place. I see no problem with it. It is part of the consequences for their crime.

.Samuel Green - Yeah, great work by the idiots who hired that therapist, and now they will try and hide behind anything they can.

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Atherine Yerrid - I have heard of this type of thing happening in hospitals where the person has hit or abused a patient, and is still working at the place. Sounds like to me that the nurse who threatened to kick the bed to get C.J. to swallow a pill should be fired!

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Ernestine N. Kain - I am not dealing with this section of this website well. It was brought to my attention by a friend of mine who works as a Clerk at the D.C. Superior Courthouse in the District of Columbia. Even though I live 3 states away, I am going through this same issue currently.  I am the mother of a 13 year old son, who was recently released from the hospital, and told me that the therapist there did some things to him. I confronted the therapist about it. He denied it at first, and then admitted doing it. I insisted on this being taken to the extreme. My son is my world.  My son has been to counseling appointments, and each one tells us the same, that they cannot help him. Then, they proceed to give us another number to call, someone else that may be able to help us better. It has been right at three weeks since it was initially reported. I'm hardly able to get a hold of any of the people I am sent to. I leave multiple messages with them all.   As a coworker reminded me as I was crying after reading your story on this site C.J., there is one connection between my story and this one, and that is I had the strength to NOT hurt the therapist, although I will admit that the urges were stronger than anything I have ever faced in my life. I kept telling myself that the man is sick, and he needs help. I struggle daily to not let the anger and hurt consume me. I have to constantly remind myself that my son still needs me.   I am so sorry that we as a people have to face the demons of society as we do, and I pray that you Miss Brooks, my son, and the other children who have a story like this that are facing these same issues find the help and peace that they need. You are all in my prayers.

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Randolph Burke, Jr. - I found this story to be very distributing, and makes you wonder, where the world is going to that it's okay to defend child molesters in our Hospitals.

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Kenise Kubo, R.N.- I had heard bits and pieces of this story from several patients in the facilities where I work who have visited this website, and on the way home I heard more from my co-workers.

I could not for any reason see how a hospital employee could have the heart to abuse a young adult that entered a hospital near death in a such a cold calculated method. That Therapist deserves life in prison without parole. If only I had the chance to sit on that Jury! That man would have gone away for a very, LONG, LONG TIME!

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Mrs. Katherine Imes - I'm very speechless on this.

Arthur Kutch - WOW! There are so many sick people that will be in HELL!

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Exodus L. Oakley - KARMA is a b*tch! And he will get his.

Addie Ehrentrudis - This is a very sad situation, and my heart goes out to you, C.J.

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Diane Haywood - I will bookmark and continue visiting this section of your site in particular in the future, and refer it to everyone I know. Thanks a lot for the informative website!

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Esther M. Cottle, R.N. - Why do we have laws? What the President and CEO of Children’s Hospital should have done was got to the root of the problem and find out who the Therapist was who had done this, not try to get the blame placed on someone else.