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The Language of Sexual Misconduct Cases$
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Roger Shuy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199926961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926961.001.0001

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A patient confuses her doctor

A patient confuses her doctor

(p.46) [4] A patient confuses her doctor
The Language of Sexual Misconduct Cases

Roger W. Shuy

Oxford University Press

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

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