We have now filed our fourth lawsuit against Dr. Manuel Abreu arising from the alleged sexual battery. Three of the alleged victims were his female patients and the other alleged victim was a co-worker medical assistant. Our first two lawsuits were filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court and named Personal Physician Care, who employed Dr. Abreu in Delray Beach between 2012 and June 2014, as a defendant. Personal Physician Care is one of the largest primary care medical practices in Delray Beach, Florida.
Our two most recent lawsuits were filed in Pinellas County, Florida and named All Care Medical, Dr. Abreu’s employer between 2009 and 2012 as a Defendant. Dr. Abreu saw patients for All Care Medical at its offices in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida. In our most recent filing in Pinellas County, a female patient alleges that Dr. Abreu sexually assaulted her during a patient visit in late 2010 at the Clearwater office of All Care Medical.
We fully expect additional sexual abuse lawsuits against Dr. Manuel Abreu and his former employers, Personal Physician Care and All Care Medical, will be filed in the near future. In addition to civil lawsuits, any victims of sexual abuse by physicians or other healthcare professional should always report such incidents in writing to their state Department of Health. In Florida, a complaint form is available on the Florida Department of Health website. Whereas a civil lawsuit can hold persons civilly responsible for their wrongdoing and award compensation to a victim, a Department of Health investigation can result in an administrative punishment upon a licensed professional, up through and including revocation of a license. In so doing, a victim can protect others from experiencing the same type of harm.
The sheer number of alleged victims in these cases illustrate two important themes which we often see in sexual abuse cases we handle:
#1) PERPETRATORS OF SEX CRIMES OFTEN HAVE MULTIPLE VICTIMS AND WHEN THE PERPETRATORS GO UNPUNISHED BY EMPLOYERS THEIR MISCONDUCT IS LIKELY TO ESCALATE BECAUSE THEY ARE EMBOLDENED
#2) WHEN ONE VICTIM HAS THE COURAGE TO COME FORWARD TO PUBLICLY ACCUSE THE PERPETRATOR, IT WILL GIVE STRENGTH TO OTHER VICTIMS TO COME FORWARD
In the cases against Dr. Manuel Abreu, the courage of one client to come forward seeking to hold Dr. Manuel Abreu civilly and criminally responsible for his alleged misconduct has given strength to other women with similar experiences. In nearly every sexual abuse case we handle involving an abuse of power such as physician, clergyman, teacher, or law enforcement officer, the alleged perpetrator has more than one alleged victim. It is a statistical fact that most sex offenders are recidivists and also commit other forms of interpersonal violence. A recent study of undetected rapists, i.e., those rapists who escaped notice by the criminal justice system, found that a majority of such rapists were recidivists and committed other acts of interpersonal violence, including battery, child sexual abuse, child physical abuse, and sexual assault short of rape or attempted rape (Michigan Judicial Institute, 2002). Two sexual assault experts reported on 120 of 1,882 men whose self-reported sexual acts met legal definitions of rape or attempted rape but whose actions went undetected by the criminal justice system and found that (1) 63.3% were recidivists, and reported committing additional rapes, either against multiple victims or the same victim, averaging 5.8 rapes per person. (Lisak and Miller, 2002); and (2) 58.3% admitted to other acts of interpersonal violence, including battery, sexual assault short of rape or attempted rape, child physical abuse, and child sexual abuse. (Lisak and Miller, 2002).
**** Copies of all civil lawsuits, police reports, and Department of Health complaints filed against Dr. Manuel Abreu are available to the media upon request ****
Our attorneys are experienced in filing lawsuits on behalf of victims of sex crimes. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual battery, please contact our law firm at 855-700-PATH or send an e-mail to sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz at [email protected]. Farmer Jaffe Weissing handles sexual abuse cases nationwide.