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November 26, 1996 | BARRY SIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Late in the day on Aug. 25, 1995, the phone began ringing in the office of Patricia Day Hartwell, director of the Rape Response and Crime Victim Center in Idaho Falls. Her callers were some of the 23 women who had filed formal complaints against a local physician, Dr. LaVar Withers, accusing him of fondling their breasts and genitals during office exams.
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November 26, 1996 | BARRY SIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Late in the day on Aug. 25, 1995, the phone began ringing in the office of Patricia Day Hartwell, director of the Rape Response and Crime Victim Center in Idaho Falls. Her callers were some of the 23 women who had filed formal complaints against a local physician, Dr. LaVar Withers, accusing him of fondling their breasts and genitals during office exams.
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November 25, 1996 | BARRY SIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Rexburg physician retires," proclaimed the front-page headline in the Idaho Falls Post Register. "Withers prescribes rest, relaxation after 30-year career." It was Monday, May 1, 1995. Above the headline, a large photo displayed a beaming Dr. LaVar Withers, stethoscope to his ears, caring for one last patient. Below the headline, an article offered a fond eulogy to this "popular physician." Withers, readers were told, always made time for patients and nurses.
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November 25, 1996 | BARRY SIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Rexburg physician retires," proclaimed the front-page headline in the Idaho Falls Post Register. "Withers prescribes rest, relaxation after 30-year career." It was Monday, May 1, 1995. Above the headline, a large photo displayed a beaming Dr. LaVar Withers, stethoscope to his ears, caring for one last patient. Below the headline, an article offered a fond eulogy to this "popular physician." Withers, readers were told, always made time for patients and nurses.
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December 3, 1996
I want to commend Barry Siegel for his in-depth and sensitive coverage of "A Long and Elusive Fight for Justice" (Nov. 25, 26). This is a critically important story to tell, in recognition of the brave women of Rexburg, Ida., who were subjected to the immoral and inhumane treatment by Dr. LaVar Withers and for all women who have been or are currently being abused by a perpetrator and then intimidated by the "system" through a conspiracy of denial, silence...
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