Sue Nesper, the former director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office for Women, has described how she was assaulted by a male psychotherapist while working at a New York hospital in the early 1990s.
The assault, which occurred while Nespert was in charge of her team at Mount Sinai Hospital, led to Nespinst’s resignation from NIH in 2001, and she now works as a public health researcher and a consultant for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Read moreNespert told Newsweek in an interview that she felt a need to tell her story because of the mounting national concern about sexual abuse in the workplace.
“It’s one of the most common, and I was pretty sure it was a lot more common than it was, because the women were all women,” she said.
“I was really concerned that people would be afraid to come forward, and that it would be a lot easier to cover up if people were willing to talk.”
Nesper said she was a victim of sexual harassment in her field of psychology and felt that she was not given the respect she deserved.
“Women were treated differently than men,” she told Newsweek.
“They were told, ‘It’s your job, it’s your life, it doesn’t matter whether you’re white, black, Latino, Asian, whatever.
You have a job and you have a life and you can do it.’
It wasn’t until I went to the National Institute of Mental Health that I realized how little respect people have for women.”
She told Newsweek that the attack was the most traumatic experience of her career.
“There were a lot of really traumatic things that happened.
I didn’t want to go to the hospital because I felt that I was going to be raped.
I was terrified, and the hospital had to take me away.”
The attack was a “black eye” for the NIH, she said, and for her career, she was fired and put on paid administrative leave.
Nespenst said she went to work with colleagues and patients and that she believed that the agency was trying to cover it up.
“I think that they wanted to cover this up,” she recalled.
“My career was destroyed.
I had to have my security taken away, because they couldnt let me work.
I couldn’t get on my own.
I felt humiliated.”
Nilespruit says that her attacker was “the only person in the whole hospital” who had any “control over the hospital’s behavior.”
“They couldnt have him [the psychotherapper] do anything he wanted,” she added.
“If they were doing anything, he was allowed to do it.”
She said that the perpetrator was a male and was a doctor, but that her boss, Dr. Peter Bennett, was also a doctor and “had an office” for his patients.
“Dr. Bennett was not a doctor,” she claimed.
“He was a psychiatrist.”
She also said that Dr. Bennett’s boss, Ms. Nye, had an office for her as well.
“This is the same person that is supposed to be doing all these important research and these clinical trials, but they just kept on treating her like crap,” she alleged.
“She was like a prisoner, in prison.”
Dr. Nispert was also placed on administrative leave during the assault, and then resigned.
Nilespruits claims that she later learned that Bennett had a long history of abusing other women.
She alleged that he had abused her and that he would make her wear tight pants and heels so that she could feel comfortable walking in the hallway.
“That is how it felt to be on my knees and I had my hands in the pockets of my pants,” she continued.
“At least two other women told me that he was doing the same thing to them, too.”
“He used to get his hand in my pocket and he’d say, ‘I’m going to put a condom in here,’ and I’d say I’d like to, but I’d never have it,” she further recounted.
“And he’d tell me to hold it up, and to put my hand up so I could take it out.”
She described how the attack continued for several weeks.
“We would come in for a visit and he would say, I think we are having a nice day, and he took my hand and put it in his pocket,” she explained.
“Then he would come back out, and it would start again.”
In a letter sent to the public, Nesperet wrote that Bennett, who had been a psychologist for more than 30 years, was a notorious abuser of female employees.
“In 1993, during his tenure as a