Wife of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, Evely Yang revealed that her gynecologist abused her gynecologist back in 2012. She said in an interview with CNN about the incident while the accused is facing charges for sexually abusing more than 20 patients.
“I knew it was wrong,” she told CNN’s Dana Bash during an interview Thursday. “I knew I was being assaulted.”
“I was in the exam room, and I was dressed and ready to go,” Yang told CNN. “Then, at the last minute, he kind of made up an excuse. He said something about, ‘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 just kind of froze like a deer in headlights,” she said. “Just frozen. I knew it was happening. I remember trying to fix my eyes on a spot on the wall and just trying to avoid seeing his face as he was assaulting me, just waiting for it to be over.”
“It’s like getting slapped in the face and punched in the gut,” Evelyn Yang told CNN, referring the plea deal. “The DA’s office is meant to protect us, is meant to serve justice, and there was no justice here.”
“Because a conviction is never a guaranteed outcome in a criminal trial, our primary concern was holding him accountable and making sure he could never do this again – which is why we insisted on a felony conviction and permanent surrender of his medical license,” he said in a statement. “While we stand by our legal analysis and resulting disposition of this difficult case, we regret that this resolution has caused survivors pain.”
“This was a serial predator and he just picked me as his prey,” she told CNN. “I needed to share it at that moment because it felt so big to me and I needed that support. And I told him, and he cried.”
“I’m extraordinarily proud of Evelyn for telling her story, and my heart breaks every time I think of what she had to experience,” Andrew Yang said in a statement. “She is my best friend and the bravest woman I know. No one deserves to be harmed and treated the way she and countless other women have been.
“When victims of abuse come forward, they deserve our belief, support, and protection. I hope that Evelyn’s story gives strength to those who have suffered and sends a clear message that our institutions must do more to protect and respond to women.”
“Every time a story is run about this case, and more people hear about this, more women are coming forward,” DiPIetro said. “I don’t think we even know the full scope of people who have been affected.”