Report: Oregon woman's rape allegation against ER nurse was ignored

Feb. 25, 2014 at 3:44 PM
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PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- An Oregon woman's claim she was raped by an emergency room nurse went unheard for three months, allowing the man to attack other women, an audit alleged.

The woman told a patrol officer during a forensic exam at another hospital about the alleged incident at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. The officer forwarded the woman's case to a sexual assault victim's specialist rather than a detective. The victim specialist never forwarded the case to a detective and closed the case when she tried calling the woman's pager but never received a return call, the (Portland) Oregonian reported Tuesday.

A city audit found also found the woman called prosecutors to inquire about the status of her case. When prosecutors contacted the victim specialist a second call was made to the woman's pager that went unreturned, the newspaper said. The case was closed again.

It wasn't until other patients at Legacy made similar claims against the male nurse the first woman's case was found and reopened.

"The perpetrator went on to attack other victims,'' the audit said.

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