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Rights for Ohio State Victims2018-10-11T02:15:59+00:00

HOLD OSU ACCOUNTABLE & RESPONSIBLE FOR SEXUAL ABUSE

The ongoing investigation into former Ohio State University doctor Richard Strauss includes allegations of sexual abuse under the guise of medical examination affecting hundreds of men including athletes across 14 sports, students, and non-students spanning decades.  These horrifying stories of abuse reflect not only the depravity of a sexual predator who preyed upon those entrusted to his care, but the years of institutional indifference and betrayal by the University, which was notified of these allegations, and failed to investigate or prevent further abuse.

Ohio State is now using a legal loophole to escape responsibility for these atrocious acts upon innocent students. You can help these sexually abused students by lobbying your legislator to change the arbitrary time limits that are being used by the University. Remember, Ohio State gave Dr. Strauss access to these victims. Ohio State refused to take action when it learned what he was doing. Don’t allow Ohio State to walk away from its responsibility to right a wrong.

A narrow window of opportunity is necessary to provide these courageous sexual abuse survivors their day in court to obtain justice and encourage lasting change so this never happens again.

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WRITE TO LEGISLATORS

Help these victims obtain the justice they deserve by filling out the below form and submitting a letter to your legislators.

Write to Legislators

Dear Members of the Ohio General Assembly,

Ohio State University Dr. Richard Strauss is accused of abusing hundreds of Ohio State University athletes, students, and non-students. Allegations that have been brought to light in the wake of the University investigation reveal decades of institutional betrayal by the University, which was notified of these allegations, and failed to investigate or prevent further abuse.

In spite of these systematic failures to protect individuals under the University’s purview, the Ohio General Assembly has the opportunity to ensure that these victims are able to obtain the justice they deserve by changing the statute of limitations.

All of Strauss's victims are prohibited from taking legal action because Ohio's two-year statute of limitations expired long ago.

The Michigan Legislature, when faced with the Larry Nassar abuse scandal, took swift action to provide his victims with a retroactive right to sue regardless of the lapsed statute of limitations period. Pennsylvania’s General Assembly is currently considering similar action for victims of priest abuse. There is no excuse for those in power to fail to act and prolong the suffering of sexual abuse victims.

I ask Ohio legislators to have the courage to provide victims of sexual abuse a retroactive right to sue, which would ensure that OSU's victims are able to obtain justice; that the institutions which enabled sexual abuse are held accountable; and that the Ohio State community can begin the process of healing. By expanding the window for victims of OSU sexual abuse, the Ohio General Assembly has a unique opportunity to ensure that victims of sexual abuse are not deprived of their rights on a legal technicality and encourage lasting change for victims' rights in the state.

Signed,

THE NATIONAL MOVEMENT FOR JUSTICE

States around the country have passed similar statutes of limitation windows or overall reforms. In the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal, Michigan passed legislation to allow victims a retroactive right to sue in spite of lapsed statutes of limitation.  Meanwhile, a new wave of sexual abuse scandals in Pennsylvania has resulted in a formal recommendation by the Attorney General for reforming the state’s statutes of limitation laws to grant victims an opportunity to seek legal recourse. Fourteen other states are currently considering comparable legislation. The controversies surrounding Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein have also raised awareness for the difficulties facing victims who have not come forward within the limitation periods in their jurisdiction.

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