This is a very alarming story that just developed yesterday and I cringed in fear as I watched on TV last night. And so I have decided to move Food Safety discussions to next week in order to focus on this Pediatrician turn Pedophile story.
A Delaware pediatrician has been indicted on 471 felony counts in the alleged sexual abuse of his patients, prosecutors announced Monday.
The Sussex County grand jury indictment accuses Dr. Earl Bradley, 56, who has had a practice in Lewes, Delaware, for more than 10 years, of victimizing 103 children -- all but one girls. The charges range from rape and sexual exploitation of a child to endangering child welfare and assault. (CNN)
The question is, who can you trust. After so much antsy, I started googling why a Pediatrician would turn a Pedophile. According to Dr. Eli Newberger, "Pedophiles, individuals whose sexual preference is for children, may select professional contexts in which access to children is assured. Within the medical profession, pediatrics offers such access. The pediatrician, usually a beloved and trusted member of the community, has intimate and often private contact with children's bodies. When the pediatrician is a pedophile, the interests and needs of many parties are compromised: the children's needs to be free of abuse and exploitation and to trust adult caregivers, the medical profession's needs to maintain its standards for care and its status within the community, and the community's needs to maintain social order and to trust those on whom it relies for the care of children".
Here are some tips shared by CNN News Correspondents on safety measures to take before choosing a pediatrician. And even with that, never leave your child alone with a pediatrician. You are allowed to be with them at all times even in emergency and examination rooms.
Here are the safety measures before choosing a Pediatrician for your child
1) Find out if your pediatrician has a criminal past:
To find out whether your doctor has been disciplined by a state medical board, here's a state-by-state directory of medical boards.
2) Check your pediatrician's national profile:
Some states explain why a doctor has been disciplined while others don’t, so just searching in your state might not reveal a doctor's history of problems elsewhere. You can also get a national profile on your doctor for just under $10 by searching on the Federation of State Medical Boards website.
3) Get a good recommendation
You can view the American Academy of Pediatrics’ list of recommended pediatricians on their website.
Visit my blog at www.safehomehappymom.com to learn more.