An acupuncturist who probed deeper than was necessary has been charged with sexual assault and sentenced to 20 months in jail, followed by three years on probation.
The Supreme Court convicted Kang Van Lam, 59, of sexually assaulting the women at his clinic in South Fraser. Lam will be required to provide a DNA sample and will remain on the national sex offender registry for 20 years.
The women who brought the charges against the acupuncturist have received Court protection to remain anonymous and refused to provide any details when questioned about the assault.
However, the news of the trial and conviction encouraged other women to come forward with claims of assault they said they only became aware of after hearing about the other charges. These other claimants offered their stories on condition of anonymity.
One woman claimed the doctor told her the acupuncture pins were too risky to apply in the more sensitive areas, and he would have to use a blunt instrument for probing into the sexual parts. It turned out the blunt instrument was a finger.
Another woman expressed surprise at being told by the doctor that acupuncture was also applicable in the sexual areas. She said the doctor told her that the crucial nerves were located in the inner passages which had to be probed very sensitively. He used an instrument which the woman claimed felt much thicker than a finger.
Yet another woman said she became suspicious when the doctor moved the blunt instrument in and out repeatedly instead of leaving it in one position. She was surprised that the experience was so pleasurable. She had always thought that any medical procedure would be painful and unpleasant.
The only common theme in all the cases was that none of the women got to see the blunt instrument the doctor used except for the first one who only saw the finger. All the women agreed that the instrument felt much longer and thicker than a finger.
Some women claimed that when they told the acupuncturist they could only afford a limited number of sessions, he offered to provide extra sessions at no charge.
It turns out the doctor has a previous history of sexual offences. In 2007, the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists suspended him from practising after several women complained to the police.