Sexual Assault By Kings County Employee

February 26, 2010 at 11:51 am 4 comments

I was jarred awake with disgust this morning as I sat down to my computer though I learned long ago never to be shocked or surprised. Larry J. Taylor, an employee of the notorious psychiatric unit at Kings County Hospital Center, was arrested yesterday for the rape of a developmentally disabled, deaf and mute man in the shower. Taylor faces two felony charges, a first-degree criminal sex act and third-degree sexual abuse. This just a month after the hospital agreed to federal monitoring for its systemic failure, abuse and neglect. From the Gothamist’s article on the assault:

Last year, the Justice Department released the findings of a year-long investigation of the East Flatbush medical center’s psychiatric unit, which revealed a lengthy record of violence and sexual assault. That study included reports of forced sex acts, brawls that left patients needing surgery, and staffers administering simultaneous injections of medications despite the possibility of overdoses.

What can I possibly say to that? In the midst of their being investigated for all manner of egregious failures, Esmin Green died on their waiting room floor after being ignored for more than 24 hours. In response to the public outrage, they built a $153 million replacement for the notorious G Building, had a few meetings and agreed to clean up their act and accept outside monitoring. It doesn’t look like any of that has had an effect on the staff whose long list of crimes, indiscretions and abuses continue. Sure — terrible and ugly things happen everywhere but at Kings County it’s systemic and they’ve gotten very comfortable with the way they do things. It is the snake pit you thought went away in the fifties.

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Links:

NY Times NY Daily News and the Gothamist report on the incident.

New York Civil Liberties Union‘s summary of Kings County Hospital with link to the original lawsuit 2007 and the findings of the Department of Justice.

My previous posts about Kings County — here and here.

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4 Comments

  • 1. Tammy Simon  |  February 27, 2010 at 9:42 am

    The former head of one of the nation’s biggest state mental hospitals Claude Foulk.
    Foulk molested another foster son for 12 years, beginning in 1973 when the boy was nine; sexually abused the son’s 10-year-old friend; and molested or masturbated in front of three friends of another foster son.
    Foulk was paid $98,000 a year at Napa State Hospital, where he was responsible for supervising the 1,260-bed institution that houses adults mostly judged mentally incompetent to stand trial or found not guilty by reason of insanity.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_HOSPITAL_DIRECTOR_MOLESTATION?SITE=FLJAJ&SECTION=US&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

  • 2. KHorn  |  March 2, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Unfortunately this is all too common in any situation in which people have authority over a population of vulnerable or disenfranchised individuals. I think most people would be horrified at the level of sexual abuse in the juvenile justice system in this country.

  • 3. abellve  |  March 3, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Absolutely. The situation isn’t unique to psych hospitals. We have a collective mentality that puts certain groups out of our mind simply by way of their being out of our way. It’s always people that the majority doesn’t really concern themselves with. If Brad Pitt were sexually assaulted in a psych hospital there would be hall to pay. People care what happens to Brad Pitt but not the millions that may as well be nameless in our society. Of course Brad Pitt would never be stuck in a public psych hospital either.
    Kings County is terrible and they’ve been skirting reform for years. At what point do we say reform isn’t enough? Having the government walk you slowly through the process of getting your institution up to the bare minimum will never be care.

  • 4. Lauren Tenney  |  June 17, 2010 at 9:53 am

    DEMONSTRATION IN REMEMBRANCE OF ESMIN GREEN
    SURVIVORS OF PSYCHIATRIC ATROCITIES AND ALLIES TO SPEAK OUT AND HOLD A VIGIL
    IN HONOR OF EMSIN GREEN WHO WAS MURDERED-BY-NEGLECT
    AT THE KINGS COUNTY HOSPITAL CENTER PSYCHIATRIC EMERGENCY ROOM.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact/Interviews: Lauren Tenney, Psychiatric Survivor
    phone: (516) 319-4295
    e-mail: laurentenney@aol.com
    website: http://www.theopalproject.org/vigil.org

    Who: Esmin Green who was murdered-by-neglect at the Kings County Hospital Center Psychiatric Emergency Room, All People.
    What: Demonstrations, Speak Outs and Candle Light Vigil to mark 2 years since the murder-by-neglect of Ms. Esmin Elizabeth Green, mourn her loss, and condemn continued human rights violations by organized psychiatry.

    Why: WE THE PEOPLE call to shut down Kings County Hospital Center’s psychiatric services; for an end of abuse, torture, and neglect in the wake of Ms. Green’s death on June 19, 2008, while detained at Kings County Hospital Center’s Psychiatric Emergency Room; and to call attention to human rights violations committed since then.

    Where: Kings County Hospital Center, Psychiatric Emergency Room, Building R. 410 Winthrop Street Brooklyn, NY 11203

    Date: June 18, 2010 5 PM – June 19, 2010, 5 PM

    Time: Press Conference 6 PM June 18 (Demonstrations begin at 5 PM June 18, Candle Light Vigil, 8:30 PM – 5 PM June 19)

    Websites: http://www.theopalproject.org/vigil.html http://www.mindfreedom.org

    WE THE PEOPLE began as an alliance of people who were accused of and treated for “mental illness”. We have survived with our lives, unlike Ms. Green. However, our liberty, our health, and our futures continue to be under the threat of the therapeutic state – and so is yours.

    Sanford Rubenstein, the attorney for the family of Ms. Green will be speaking at the press conference. He urges, “Only by people speaking out and remembering what happened to Esmin Green can we prevent others from suffering her fate”.

    Also speaking out will be people who survived commitment at Kings County Hospital Center and now work to make sure others do not have to experience what they were subjected to and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Chair of the Mental Health Committee (invited).

    On June 19 it will be two years since Esmin Green was murdered-by- neglect at the Kings County Hospital Center Psychiatric Emergency Room. In February 2010, it was reported by the media that a male “patient” was raped by an employee of Kings County who was charged for the crime. As recently as April 27, 2010 more citations of abuses were published in the news.

    Not only does this abuse and torture happen – but it happens in the multi-million dollar new psychiatric building. This was supposed to end murder, abuse, rape, and torture of people confined within its walls – after the City agreed to court monitoring because of the abuses and torture that people were subjected to while detained in the facility.

    •This abuse and torture has been going on for centuries with no end in sight – we must make our voices heard!
    •Kings County is not safe.
    •Kings County should be closed down.
    •Rape and Death are not good outcomes.
    •COME CALL TO CLOSE THIS PSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTION DOWN.

    SOME OF OUR QUESTIONS:
    Department of Justice; Center for Medicaid/Medicare Services; Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration; Health and Hospitals Corporation; New York City Department of Mental Hygiene; New York State Office of Mental Health; Commission on Quality Care; — where are you?
    Why are independent external advocates still not allowed into this facility?
    Why is the government paying for this with millions of tax-dollars pumped into this place?
    Why is the NYPD Department of Investigations report siting multiple systemic problems being ignored?
    When is the Grand Jury going to present a bill?

    The experience of involuntarily detainment in a psychiatric emergency room or in a psychiatric institution is tantamount to torture. Human rights and feminist activist Kate Millett during the negotiations on the UN Convention on the subject of forced treatment and confinement of persons with disabilities stated, “”The power of an entire civilization massed against one lone individual. Every phone and lock and guard and drug . . . Everything conspires to make you completely alone and terrified. Malleable. These are the conditions of torture””..

    As in the HIGHLANDER STATEMENT of 2000, we call on all people to “act individually and collectively to ensure that self-determination, respect, ethical behavior, and humane voluntary supports and services become the foundation of a reinvented mental health system. This system must first and foremost do no harm”.

    We invite you, we implore you, to meet with us and work with us towards a humane environment and to establish alternatives to the atrocities of confinement, drugs, electroshock treatment, restraint, and seclusion. We let our light shine in remembrance of the victims of the mental illness system – for people who have suffered because of fear and ignorance – for people who have been traumatized – for people who have been disabled – for people who are dead – and for people who are not really living

    We are lighting candles to celebrate Esmin Green’s life and passion as a way to spark necessary change and call for the respect of human rights in mental health. We offer the light of these candles as a sign of love for our families and friends, and our elected officials, and broader communities who often trapped in circumstance and by the psychiatric system cannot understand us as we struggle to communicate.

    All people committed to human rights, join us.

    We invite all people to join us during this 24-hour period and stand united in support of the demand that everyone receive the full benefit of their human rights and the preservation of their liberty, dignity, and respect. There are vigils happening all over the world for Ms. Green to stand in solidarity with New Yorkers.

    If you can attend the vigil or not, call Governor Patterson (518) 474-8390, Mayor Bloomberg, (212) NEW-YORK, and your elected Representatives to express your outrage about Ms. Green’s murder and insist that the City of New York stand in full compliance with International law and Human Rights.

    If you would like to co-sponsor or endorse this demonstration, vigil, and its follow up forums, please contact us.

    WE THE PEOPLE

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