Justice for Victims of “White Coat Rape”

Target: Greg Abbott, Governor or Texas

Goal: Abolish the law that restricts punishment of “white coat” rapists.

A woman was allegedly brutally raped in her hospital bed by the doctor she trusted. She suffered physical and emotional effects that have lasted years. Thanks to a Texas law, that doctor will likely walk away with a minor punishment. Urge the governor of Texas to reexamine this law and bring justice to rape victims.

“White coat rape” is a term describing sexual misconduct committed by a medical professional. The victim is usually a patient who is too ill to fight back. Laura, who does not wish to reveal her last name, checked into the Ben Taub Medical Center after a severe asthma attack. Her doctor, Dr. Shafeeq T Sheik, allegedly sexually assaulted her in her hospital bed. A rape kit reportedly identified Sheik as the offender and confirmed her accusation. Still, this was not enough for authorities. Two years went by before Sheik was charged. During this time, he continued practicing medicine.

The “tort claims” law grants full immunity to the hospital where the crime occurred. It also limits the punishment of the offending medical professional. Sheik’s medical license has been temporarily suspended, but this is not enough. Evidence suggests that the hospital allegedly knew about previous sexual assault charges against Sheik but hired him anyway. It is time to hold the guilty accountable for their actions and take a stand for victims of white coat rape.


Dear Governor Abbott,

White coat rape is on the rise thanks to a Texas law. The “tort claims” law grants full immunity to the medical facility where a rape occurred and limits the punishment of the offender. This law is preventing rapists from suffering the full consequences of their crimes and silencing the voices of rape victims throughout Texas. We demand that you take a stand against this outdated law and support victims of white coat rape.

Laura was reportedly brutally raped in her hospital bed by the doctor she trusted. A rape kit allegedly confirmed that Dr. Shafeeq J. Sheik was the offender. Despite this, it took nearly two years for Sheik to be charged. He continued practicing medicine during that time.

Sheik’s medical license has been temporarily suspended. However, this is not enough. Evidence indicates that the hospital allegedly knew of previous allegations against Sheik but chose to hire him anyway. They, too, should face the consequences of their alleged actions. We demand that you reexamine the “tort claims” law and bring all of the guilty parties in this case to justice.


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