Victims of sexual abuse, especially abuse perpetrated by a person in a position of authority, should not be barred from pursuing justice on a legal technicality. Around the country, state legislatures have undertaken efforts to reform statutes of limitations particularly in cases of sexual abuse. An academic institution that has enabled the abuse of its students by failure to investigate or take action claims of sexual abuse should be held accountable for facilitating such abuse and betraying the trust of those under its purview.
Now is the time to call upon your State Senator and Representative in the Ohio General Assembly. Demand our elected officials do the right thing and take action to pursue a window for survivors of Richard Strauss’s sexual abuse who are currently barred by the state statute of limitations from filing suit against those responsible for enabling decades of misconduct.