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Utah Women Reports Of Sexual Assault to Police Ignored, Met With Delays and Language Barriers

49 Utah women who went to Provo police over the last nearly two years to report that their OB-GYN had sexually assaulted them during examinations experienced delays, confusion and denials over their reports due to the department’s lack of Spanish-language services, Adriana Gallardo and Jessica Miller report for ProPublica and the Salt Lake Tribune. The women allege that David Broadbent inappropriately touched their breasts, vaginas and rectums during exams — often without warning or explanation, and in ways that hurt them and made them feel violated. However, when they tried to report Broadbent to the police, the women claim that they faced delays, language issues and insensitive interviews, and were even turned away on more than one occasion. Even after interventions by lawyers, an advocate and the consulate, the language barriers and delays have continued. Utah County Attorney Jeff Gray said in a November interview that his office is reviewing the cases as a whole and hoped to make a decision on charges by the end of the year.

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