Doctor Y.K. Ramaiah of Baltimore was arrested and is now out on bail for charges of sexual offenses and assault.
Doctor Y.K. Ramaiah had a general physician’s office located at 447 North Kenwood Avenue in east Baltimore. Since these charges, the clinic is now closed, however. It was in this office that a patient reports that Dr. Ramaiah inappropriately touched her and made inappropriate suggestions. The patient had come to be examined for back pains, but it was during the examination he allegedly touched other parts of her body and suggested she should “sexercize” to burn calories, among other things.
Indeed, it seems he knew he was in trouble, since when the police showed up to speak with him, he volunteered “What [is this] about, a sex offense?”
The police have also contacted the Drug Enforcement Administration to conduct an investigation about suspicions of malfeasance.
If you are a patient or know a patient of Dr. Ramaiah and you think you might have been victimized, please call the police at 410-396-2269.
If you would like to speak to a lawyer about your civil rights, call 1-800-776-4529
Signs of Sexual Assault
Remember, first and foremost, if you’ve been assaulted it is never your fault. It is common for victims of sexual assault to justify behaviors of the perpetrator of the assault, as if it’s acceptable in some way. It is never acceptable. Whether a stranger or your most trusted doctor, inappropriate touching or worse is never ok.
If you’re not sure the behavior of your doctor is acceptable, consider the following signs that the doctor may be assaulting you or others:
If you have ever been made uncomfortable by the way your doctor touches you.
If your doctor does what he or she wants regardless of your requests.
If your doctor makes casual or inappropriate conversation about sex or topics related to sex.
If your doctor seems to accidentally touch you in inappropriate places, or in a way that makes you uncomfortable.
If your doctor suggests you keep a secret, or not talk about his behavior.
If your doctor threatens you.
If your doctor makes you feel guilty or suggests you’re in the wrong.
If your doctor ignores your personal space boundaries – especially when not in an examination.
If you have experienced any of these, or if your doctor has inappropriately touched you or somebody you know, the police want to know right away. You can protect others from becoming victims by going to the police right away.
Effects of Sexual Assault
Even so-called “minor” acts of sexual assault can leave a lasting, damaging imprint on the lives of victims. That does not mean you did anything wrong. You have the right to be safe and happy. Here are some of the symptoms that often come after experiencing sexual assault:
Depression can last for weeks, months, or years, and symptoms include: Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying, change in weight or appetite, Loss of energy, change in sleep patterns, loss of interest, feelings of hopelessness or guilt, pessimism or indifference, unexplained aches and pains, inability to concentrate, anger, thoughts of death or suicide.
>>Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
>>Anger / Guilt / Shame
>>Low self esteem
>>Fear of sexual relations
If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms after a doctor has behaved inappropriately, you have the right to recover, and the responsibility to protect others by talking to the police right away.
Your Rights in Civil Court
If you have been the victim of the misbehavior of a medical professional, you have the right to financial compensation for the damages you experience. These damages may include not only your pain and suffering, but the cost of lost wages due to being unable to work, any medical expenses arising from the assault, and punitive damages meant to financially punish the guilty party. It is your right to claim this compensation.
To begin the process of recovering your losses and receiving fair compensation, speak with a qualified personal injury attorney. There is a time limit on how long you can wait to file in court, so don’t wait. If you would like to speak to one of our attorneys, please contact us today.