A Naples attorney representing the first victim accusing a late Naples physician of sexual assault hopes the lawsuit will inspire other victims to come forward as she works together with the attorney representing the second known victim.
Mary Colina-Fowler, of Naples-based Colina Law, specializes in personal injury and represents the first victim who reported Eric Salata, 54, to Naples police.
“We’re in the process of finding out as much as we can about what happened not just to my client, but to other women,” Colina-Fowler told the Daily News during a phone interview.
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Colina-Fowler’s client went for the procedure on Oct. 22.
“She initially went in thinking she was going to have one thing done,” Colina-Fowler said. “And then they recommended this other treatment that she ended up having. So that’s why she wasn’t sure right away whether or not she was going to go ahead and do it.”
Colina-Fowler added that after what happened that day her client was was in shock and “very distraught.” She couldn’t quite understand what actually had happened and what she should do next.
“She was confused and it took her I guess less than 48 hours to find her strength and her voice,” Colina-Fowler said.
When she arrived at Colina-Fowler’s office on Oct. 24, she told the attorney, who recommended reporting the incident to authorities, she recalled.
First, victim and attorney made their way to Project Help Crisis, in the 3000 block of Horseshoe Drive North, in Naples.
Then, almost 30 days later, on Nov. 21, another victim came forward, accusing Salata of sexual assault. Police arrested him that day.
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