Even when a victim does everything right—like Ambra did with Harvey Weinstein and Marissa did with Dr. Robert Hadden—the system can still fail. A new look-back window would help.
Marissa Hoechstetter writes, speaks, and advocates for patient safety and criminal justice reform. She has been fighting for change since her own reports of sexual assault by her OB/GYN received totally inadequate responses from the medical system and law enforcement.. Marissa spearheaded a successful campaign in the New York City Council to allow patients to remove the names of abusive doctors from birth certificates, and her advocacy has led several bills to be introduced in the New York state legislature with the goals of curbing doctor sex abuse and holding enablers accountable. She has given testimony on medical abuse to lawmakers and medical boards, and founded Reform the Sex Crimes Unit, a campaign calling for increased transparency and accountability within the Manhattan DA’s Sex Crimes Unit and Special Victims Bureau.