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Lawsuit: Woman sues GHS for invasion of privacy after sex assault reported to police, insurance

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A woman has filed a lawsuit against the Greenville Health System, alleging that they violated her privacy after a sexual assault.

The woman, who is known "Jane Doe" in the suit filed Wednesday, details an assault which happened in May 2016 at a downtown Greenville bar.  The next day, she said she went to Greenville Memorial Hospital's Emergency Room to have a rape kit performed on her.

The woman specifies that she said, in both writing and verbal communication and on multiple occasions, that she wished to remain anonymous. According to the lawsuit, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) told her that the rape kit would be anonymous.

But the lawsuit alleges that she was identified by her name on medical records, as a sexual assault victim to her insurer and to Greer Police after visiting the hospital.

The lawsuit states she never consented for the hospital visit to be filed with her private insurance and that she did not provide her insurance information at any time during the visit.

After returning home, the lawsuit states the victim was awoken at 2 a.m. by a Greer police officer at the door after the hospital called and filed a report "in direct contravention of [her] wishes."

The victim is suing the health system for gross negligence in their report to law enforcement, report to insurer and medical records. She is also suing for intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy and breach of confidentiality.

A spokesperson for Greenville Health System said they cannot comment on pending litigation.

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