Feb and March 2003, I was sexually assaulted in an examination room of the
San Mateo North County Clinic by Dr. David Cecil Gershan who still
practices there. So subtle was his approach that I didn't even
know it was sexual abuse until Dale Parker, a health educator at Pace
Clinic in San Jose called it that, but the statute of limitations on
physicians is only one year and because of that I was unable to press
charges since the time had elapsed.
It was a warm sunny day
in Feb 2003 when I drove my Mazda B3000 pickup truck to the clinic.
I was nervous because my partner, Brian, had an appointment with Dr.
Gershan that was directly after mine. I tried to think how I was
going to approach the doctor; I just knew he would be angry that neither
of us called it in sooner, but Brian's cell phone rang just as we were
walking out the door and when it was a recruiter, all else got dropped,
that's how bad the market was back then.
When I walked into the
clinic, I asked the front desk receptionist if we could finally get me
enrolled in the Well Program so I could have insurance. She
waved me through quietly, and that annoyed me quite a bit. I wasn't
earning a dime, living off of my savings and no one wanted to enter me
into the program. (I later learned this was a discriminatory
When I was called inside
the office, I braced myself. As soon as Dr. Gershan whizzed by with his
labcoat fluttering in the air like a sail, I excused myself.
"I'm sorry, Dr.
Gershan," I said a little uneasy, "I just wanted to let you know
that Brian was just called by a recruiter before we left. He was
asked to go on a job interview this morning. I know that he had an
appointment to see you, but he apologizes and hope you'll understand that
we havn't been working all these months and I'm afraid that --"
"Well, I wish him
luck and hope he gets the job," Dr. Gershan said with
I smiled. "I
hope so too," I said.
"You know, this
might be a good day to give you a full body examination. Did you
ever have a full body examination?" Dr. Gershan said.
I hesitated. I
tried to think. What the hell was a "fully body
"I -- I think
so," I said.
"Oh, but you've
never had one of my full body examinations," Dr. Gershan said as he
walked about from one counter to the next. I could barely keep up
with him. "I'm very thorough," he added.
I was feeling so
relieved that Dr. Gershan wasn't angry at Brian. But now I was
overjoyed that my physician was going to utilize the time to examine me
from head-to-toe. I started gathering together questions in my mind
that I had been wanting to ask someone for such a long time, like why the
hair on my legs was no longer growing up to my ankles the way it once did,
why the bunion on my left foot returned despite surgery that I had the
year before, and after using Minoxidyl for years, why was I still prone to