OSU now wants to evade responsibility after leaving hundreds of victims scarred and emotionally damaged.

Hundreds of Ohio State alumni had their lives turned upside down last year when the University announced it would investigate allegations that a former campus doctor had raped and abused male students for nearly 20 years.

The doctor, Richard Strauss, is deceased. But the dirty little secret revealed by last year’s outing has caused anxiety and pain among victims, many of whom had remained silent for decades.

They were ashamed.

Sure, there were locker room whispers about Strauss and many victims joked about calling him names like “Dr. Clean” because he showered naked four or five times a day with athletes.

The “guys” may have laughed it off, but we know now that Strauss was a dangerous predator who destroyed lives.

Timeline of sexual abuse

There’s ample evidence that he was a sexual abuser – our timeline shows the first complaint against him was made in 1979 – evidence that University officials knew about the abuse all along.

But the University did nothing to help victims back then and, instead of helping them now, OSU has spent more than $1.5 million dollars in legal fees for attorneys to work non-stop to dismiss the class action lawsuit that was filed on behalf of all victims.

Strauss wasn’t just any doctor on campus – he was a team doctor who gave physicals to male athletes from 14 different sports like wrestling, gymnastics, volleyball and swimming.

Strauss also worked at the OSU health center and  operated an off-campus clinic where he abused young men.

Most, if not all, of Strauss’s victims were teenagers who had just left home for the first time. Please click here for their stories but know, too, that some details are explicit. It simply boggles the mind to think that a well-respected institution like Ohio State would allow the type of behavior our victims describe to continue for 20 years.

These men deserve justice. Their voices deserve to be heard. And they need to be able to go forward with their lives knowing that Ohio State will never allow this to happen again.

Send a supportive message on behalf of these OSU alumni and sexual abuse victims to the University Board of Trustees and also express your disappointment over the handling of this scandal.

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Dear Members of the Ohio General Assembly:

I’m writing today in support of legislation to help Dr. Richard Strauss’s Ohio State victims.

Most of Strauss’s victims were teenagers whose parents entrusted their futures to Ohio State.

But the University failed these young men by repeatedly ignoring complaints that Strauss was a sexual predator who was abusing students.

Two independent investigations have revealed decades of institutional betrayal by the University.

Why didn’t they negotiate a fair settlement to help victims heal instead of trying to have their lawsuits dismissed?

It’s abundantly clear that the University won’t voluntarily right this wrong, so I encourage you and other Legislators to enact and support legislation to amend the statute of limitations for Dr. Strauss abuse victims.

It is the moral obligation of all Ohioans to make sure sexual abuse victims have the right to pursue justice and hold our institutions accountable.

Thank you for your consideration.

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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