A woman with dreadlocks who says she has been a victim of harassment by men in the medical field has come forward.
Mariya Chaudhary, 31, is a patient-care coordinator at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
Her story, published on Sunday, says she was sexually assaulted in 2012 by a male doctor who is now her doctor.
Her story has been featured on CBS News, MSNBC and CNN.
She said she is being targeted by men for being a woman, and is fearful for her safety and well-being.
She wrote in an email that she is working with her attorneys to make her case to the Department of Justice.
The doctor is still employed by Johns Hopkins.
We’re still fighting for justice.
And I think that justice will prevail, and he will be held accountable, she wrote.
We are not going to be alone.
We are not asking for anything, we are asking for what we deserve.
But we are calling for justice and for accountability.
She was part of a class that was led by the school’s medical faculty and graduate students in the fall of 2012, and she says she wanted to attend a meeting with the medical staff to discuss her case.
She says she didn’t get the chance to attend the meeting.
She told The Washington Times that she filed a report with the university’s Office of Compliance, and the investigation was eventually closed.
But she was still upset by what she called the universitys inaction.
“They said nothing,” she said.
“I had no recourse.
I was harassed and I felt that they did not do anything.”
Chaudharian said she was afraid to tell her story because she didnít want to make a big deal out of the situation.
“I didníve told my family, and my family had told my friends and my classmates,” she told The Times.
“But I just wanted to go public and I didníte want to tell my friends.”
She says she also worried about the impact the case could have on her career.
“This was my entire career, and I am still being harassed by this guy,” she added.
“And I want to be a part of that because I know that I have a lot of support.”
Dr. Mark DeLuca, a Johns Hopkins medical student who has been involved in a similar lawsuit, told The Baltimore Sun that Chauddary has been the victim of a culture of impunity and harassment at the medical school.
“Itís one thing if itís a male person who is making inappropriate comments to you and you feel uncomfortable,” he said.
“But you know, itís really the culture of the medical faculty that I think is the problem here.”
DeLuca said the university is responsible for ensuring all students are treated with respect and dignity, but he said the institution has not taken any action against the doctor.
“The Department of Health and Human Services has not been involved.
The Department of Education has not done anything.
The Office of Title IX has not engaged.
No one has done anything,” he added.
“The Department has never made a report.”
DeLuza told The Associated Press that the problem is compounded by a lack of institutional support for victims of sexual assault.
“There’s a lack on the part of the hospital to do anything about it,” he explained.
“And the lack of resources to make it go away, especially on a campus that is so large, where so many students have been in the same place for so long.”
He said the department needs to develop a “more proactive approach” to the issue, adding that there needs to be an increase in reporting of sexual misconduct.