Bustle magazine has published a moving opinion piece written by USC alumna and Girard Sharp client Shannon O’Conner, one of the thousands of women who allegedly suffered sexual abuse by the former head gynecologist at the USC student health center. Ms. O’Conner, a television producer in Los Angeles, recounts the sense of relief she felt after Tyndall was charged with 29 felonies in June 2019.
In addition to the comprehensive institutional changes USC has agreed to make, O’Conner makes it clear how important it is that the university is being held financially accountable by being made to pay $215 million to the women who were put in harm’s way. She also expresses her deep support for the recent settlement of the federal class action lawsuit against USC and Tyndall filed on behalf of female students and former students, noting, “I am proud that the settlement acknowledges and compensates everyone who saw Tyndall for women’s health services at USC. Importantly, class members can get an automatic payment or choose to participate in a confidential claims process. I didn’t have a choice about seeing Tyndall and being violated. The settlement provides private, compassionate options for women to obtain a measure of relief.”