Time’s Up, Tommy Trojan
TRIGGER WARNING: ASSAULT
We live in a society where survivors of assault have a limited window of time to receive justice. It has taken me nearly 20 years to recover from the trauma I endured while I was a student at @uscedu
and where I was a patient of Dr. George Tyndall. Dr. Tyndall refused to treat me when I was undergoing serious health problems after I was raped by another student. Dr. Tyndall refused to treat me because of his own misogynistic, racist, and homophobic bigotry. I now live with a very painful and incurable, lifelong disease. I choose to speak up so future generations of women, minorities and members of the LGBTQ+ community are all guaranteed to receive proper medical treatment and so that victims of assault no longer have to deal with so many restrictions in their path to receiving justice and peace.
On Tuesday, I will be going to Sacramento to tell my story to our legislators. Here’s hoping that my story can help spark some real change.
For victims of assault, the path to healing does not happen overnight. I entered college as a confident, strong young woman who wouldn’t tolerate any disrespect from anyone. I thank real life role models like @ellenportiadegeneres
for that confidence. My experience at USC left me a broken person, with excruciating chronic pain, due to my experiences with Dr. Tyndall and the complete lack of assistance from the university. I begged for help from the university on multiple occasions and each time I was ignored. Within the past year, I finally found my strength again with the help of two very special doctors. I will be eternally grateful to both Dr. Sonia Rebeles and Dr. Erin Mellano, both located in Torrance, CA. They helped me find my inner warrior again.
A bit of backstory to this composite photo...Dr. Tyndall made me feel like I was less than female based on my hormone levels. It took me a while to feel it again, but what makes me different also makes me stronger. Now I’m ready to fight to make this world a better place.