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Hospital that treated woman for sexual assault LEAKED her personal information to alleged rapist — who attacked her again: Lawsuit

A sexual assault victim has accused a Kansas hospital employee of sharing her personal information with her alleged rapist — before he attacked her again, she claims.

Court documents obtained by NBC News show that a female plaintiff was treated for sexual assault at Atchison Hospital on May 26, 2017, and was administered a rape kit. The plaintiff in the lawsuit against the hospital reportedly disclosed the name of her alleged rapist to hospital staff. The lawsuit claims that an X-ray technician subsequently contacted the accused rapist, advising him of the allegations against him.

The lawsuit names Janet Rawson Enzbrenner as the staffer who allegedly contacted the accused assailant and gave him the plaintiff’s personal information.

The unidentified man then “relentlessly harassed plaintiff through text messages, social media and phone calls,” the lawsuit claims — and allegedly attacked her again in November of that year.

A letter from Atchison Hospital CEO John Jacobson, included in the lawsuit, appears to substantiate the plaintiff’s allegations, acknowledging that the employee “did access some of your health information and apparently did disclose it to another individual without your permission.”

The letter was reportedly sent to the plaintiff in November 2017, two days before the alleged second attack.

Jacobson also gave a statement to NBC News acknowledging the employee’s actions.

“While we are limited with what we can share related to this situation, we are deeply disturbed by the actions of this former employee,” Jacobson reportedly said.

“In fact, when we were made aware of the situation, we took immediate steps to investigate, and within two days, we terminated this individual’s employment.”

According to the report, the Atchison County Attorney did not prosecute the accused rapist despite knowledge of the allegations, and a representative for the office declined to provide details on why the individual was not charged.

The report does not indicate what damages the plaintiff is seeking.

 

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