Evelyn Yang and others have been critical of the way that Vance handled that case.

“It’s like getting slapped in the face and punched in the gut,” Evelyn Yang told CNN, referring the plea deal. “The DA’s office is meant to protect us, is meant to serve justice, and there was no justice here.”

Vance’s office stands by its handling of the case against the gynecologist.

“Because a conviction is never a guaranteed outcome in a criminal trial, our primary concern was holding him accountable and making sure he could never do this again – which is why we insisted on a felony conviction and permanent surrender of his medical license,” he said in a statement. “While we stand by our legal analysis and resulting disposition of this difficult case, we regret that this resolution has caused survivors pain.”

Evelyn Yang said that at the time of the alleged abuse, she did not tell her husband or her family because she did not want to upset them. But when she discovered a headline months later about other accusations against the doctor, Evelyn Yang told her husband about what she had been through.

“This was a serial predator and he just picked me as his prey,” she told CNN. “I needed to share it at that moment because it felt so big to me and I needed that support. And I told him, and he cried.”

“I’m extraordinarily proud of Evelyn for telling her story, and my heart breaks every time I think of what she had to experience,” Andrew Yang said in a statement. “She is my best friend and the bravest woman I know. No one deserves to be harmed and treated the way she and countless other women have been.

“When victims of abuse come forward, they deserve our belief, support, and protection. I hope that Evelyn’s story gives strength to those who have suffered and sends a clear message that our institutions must do more to protect and respond to women.”

Evelyn Yang was among at least 30 women in a new civil lawsuit against Hadden and the hospital system where he worked and its affiliates, her attorney Anthony DiPietro said Thursday.

“Every time a story is run about this case, and more people hear about this, more women are coming forward,” DiPIetro said. “I don’t think we even know the full scope of people who have been affected.”