Victims of Dr. Reginald Archibald
Dr. Reginald Archibald, who was a widely-known pediatric endocrinologist researcher employed by Rockefeller University Hospital from the 1940s to the 1980s, engaged in improper conduct during examinations of his child patients. Like Dr. Larry Nasser, Dr. Archibald manipulated children’s genitals for sexual arousal. Dr. Archibald reportedly often instructed his young patients to masturbate as a standard part of his medical examination “protocol.” He masturbated some boy patients including some who were too young to achieve erections on their own. He inserted his un-gloved fingers into girl patients. And he photographed with a Polaroid camera the genitals and naked bodies of many children.
Press Conference October 19, 2018
Marsh Law Firm has been retained by many victims of Dr. Archibald and we are currently investigating these and other disturbing incidents of child sex abuse. Please remember that you are not alone, there is strength in numbers, and Dr. Archibald’s victims and survivors demand and deserve answers and accountability.
On October 18, 2018, the New York Times published the following story about the scandal, A Wave of Child Sexual Abuse Accusations Against a Doctor, and Hospital Says It Knew.
Although Dr. Archibald died in 2007, he was subject to a secret investigation by the Rockefeller University Hospital in 2004. The Hospital also received at least two complaints about Dr. Archibald in the 1990s. We have demanded that Rockefeller University promptly release all prior investigatory reports and patient complaints concerning Dr. Reginald Archibald.Demand to Release All Reports
The University has retained the corporate law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP to investigate and communicate with Dr. Archibald’s victims.
This letter, which was sent to Dr. Archibald’s victims on October 5, 2018, is incomplete and disingenuous because it does not include Rockefeller University’s public statement on the scandal (reproduced below). Rockefeller University’s lack of transparency is a repeat of the original deception experienced by Dr. Archibald’s child patients which involved vague medical experiments and child sex abuse under the guise of medical treatment and assessment. There was no informed consent, no disclosure to patients, no accountability to parents (who were excluded from the examination room), and little or no supervision by Rockefeller University. Like Dr. Larry Nassar, Dr. Archibald was beyond reproach, question, or scrutiny. Nothing in Rockefeller University’s so-called “outreach” to victims provides any information and instead funnels people who are traumatized and confused after receiving the letter to RockU’s lawyers who are conducting a self-serving investigation of the victims themselves.Rockefeller University Hospital Letter to Dr. Reginald Archibald's Victims
Here is Rockefeller University Hospital’s public statement, released on their website:
Statement regarding Dr. Reginald Archibald
from the Rockefeller University Hospital
PLEASE BE ADVISED that Dr. Archibald’s victims have reported to us that representatives of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP are asking them to sign documents and other papers.
It is important for victims to understand that neither Debevoise & Plimpton LLP nor any attorney acting on behalf of Rockefeller University Hospital are disinterested parties.
Rule 4.3 of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct clearly states that “In communicating on behalf of a client with a person who is not represented by counsel, a lawyer shall not state or imply that the lawyer is disinterested. When the lawyer knows or reasonably should know that the unrepresented person misunderstands the lawyer’s role in the matter, the lawyer shall make reasonable efforts to correct the misunderstanding. The lawyer shall not give legal advice to an unrepresented person other than the advice to secure counsel if the lawyer knows or reasonably should know that the interests of such person are or have a reasonable possibility of being in conflict with the interests of the client.” In order to avoid a misunderstanding, “a lawyer will typically need to identify the lawyer’s client and, where necessary, explain that the client has interests opposed to those of the unrepresented person.”
No one representing Rockefeller University Hospital should be giving any legal advice about the statute of limitations, the New York Child Victim’s Act, any potential causes of action, or the settlement of any potential claims.
Unrepresented victims of Dr. Reginald Archibald and Rockefeller University Hospital are urged to proceed with caution.
As a victim of childhood sexual abuse, you have the right to consult with an attorney before agreeing to any outcome or signing any papers as suggested by the Rockefeller University or anyone else. Victims and survivors of Dr. Reginald Archibald need answers to the many questions posed by the 2004 investigation, how Dr. Archibald responded to the accusations before his death, and whether child pornography images, masquerading as medical records, exist now or may have existed in the past.
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Proposed law reform in New York will extend the statute of limitations for civil cases involving childhood sexual abuse.
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