Assemblymember Grace Lee’s Statement on Columbia University's Plan to Address Past Abuses of Robert Hadden and Support Survivors

“Columbia’s announcement today signaled that it takes seriously the harm endured by survivors and its role in enabling Robert Hadden to abuse his patients. It sends a strong message that institutions must be held accountable when they harm New Yorkers. As a Columbia alumna and elected official, I am honored to have worked with survivors to elevate their voices and to call out the university for its failures. I am encouraged by Columbia’s response. Notifying Hadden’s former patients is a paramount first step in the process because it validates survivors’ experiences and gives them a valuable opportunity to seek justice before the Adult Survivors Act expires this month. In addition, the internal investigation will work to help prevent systemic abuses like this from happening again. I will continue to work with my colleagues and survivors to ensure the university lives up to the promises it has made today.”