Evelyn Yang, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Andrew yang recently dropped a bomb in an interview. She revealed that she was sexually assaulted by her gynecologist when she was pregnant with the couple’s first son.
It was 2012 when she was pregnant with her first child and found an OB-GYN who had a good reputation. His name is Dr. Robert Hadden who worked at the world-renowned medical facilities at Columbia University. Initially, she says her visit was routine. But after a few months, things changed.
Evelyn said: “It started with inappropriate questions like how intimate I was with my husband, sexual activity just very inappropriate, probing questions that were unrelated to my health. The examinations became longer, more frequent, and I learned that they were unnecessary.”
She said most of the time, most women don’t know what you’re supposed to get when you are pregnant. I didn’t know that you’re not supposed to get an exam every time you went to see the doctor. I feel like I put up with some inappropriate behavior that I didn’t know at that time was straight-up sexual abuse, sexual assault until much later.
Evelyn said that she regrets having put up with that because it ended up in a sexual assault that was indisputable.
She revealed: “I was in the exam room. I was dressed and ready to go. Then, at the last minute, he kind of made up an excuse. He said I think you might need a C-section, and he proceeded to grab me over to him and undress me and examine me internally, ungloved.”
“I knew it was wrong. I knew I was being assaulted,” she continued.
Yang didn’t tell anyone about what happened to her, not even her husband. Because she thinks that he might think that it was her fault.
Many months later when her son born and one day she heard that Hadden had left his practice. She got worried that what if this has something to do with what happened to me?
But when I googled Hadden I came to know that I am not alone in this battle because another woman reported to police that he sexually assaulted her.
“It wasn’t something that I did. This was a serial predator and he just picked me as his prey,” she said. That’s when she decided to tell her husband about everything.
“I’m extraordinarily proud of Evelyn for telling her story, and my heart breaks every time I think of what she had to experience. She is my best friend and the bravest woman I know,” Andrew Yang said.
Yang worked with an attorney and collected information from 18 other female patients of Hadden. In 2016, Hadden pleaded guilty to two of nine charges against him.
He also loses his medical license and register as the lowest-level sex offender, but he would not go to jail.
“Everyone has their own MeToo story. It’s far too prevalent,” Yang added. “But not everyone can tell their story. Not everyone has the audience or platform to tell their story, and I actually feel like I’m in this very privileged position to be able to do that.”