Oklahomans who were sexually assaulted at a Texas hospital are seeking class-action status against the hospital for not providing medical care to them.
In a lawsuit filed Thursday, the plaintiffs say the hospital did not provide them with appropriate treatment because it didn’t have an adequate number of beds.
They are seeking compensation for mental anguish, loss of dignity and humiliation, and the loss of earnings.
“We feel the lawsuit is based on an incorrect assumption that rape victims are at greater risk of being assaulted and assaulted by other patients,” attorney Erin Perna said.
“What we’ve seen is that the trauma victims are not at risk of having a doctor perform an abortion, so the claim is that they’re not at increased risk.”
The suit alleges the women were sexually attacked by two nurses in the operating room of the Osage County Health Department on Sept. 23, 2016.
The women told police that one nurse put a hood over their head and another grabbed their breasts and genitals.
The lawsuit claims the nurses were “acting in a predatory manner toward patients” who were “unable to defend themselves against their attacker.”
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Tulsa.
A trial date has not been set.