A patient confuses her doctor

Roger W. Shuy

in The Language of Sexual Misconduct Cases

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199926961
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199980505 | DOI:
A patient confuses her doctor

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This chapter studies the case of Dr. Dillip Desai, who was accused of sexually assaulting Angela Rediatu while she was sedated, and was also charged with forcible oral sodomy and sexual battery. It examines the six recorded telephone calls that Angela made to Dr. Desai, in order to make him admit that he performed oral sodomy on her. It uses these conversations between Angela and Dr. Desai to determine their conversational agendas, how apologies, requests, denials, and directives were made, and if they were referring to the same things. It also considers the events that occurred before these conversations took place, and notes that corrected transcripts of these conversations were made due to the poor audio quality of the tapes. The final section of the chapter discusses the three conversational strategies Angela used to get Dr. Desai's admission of guilt.

Keywords: conversational agendas; corrected transcripts; audio quality; recorded telephone calls; conversational strategies; forcible oral sodomy; sexual battery

Chapter.  3668 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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