Chuck’s Story

A former Ohio State wrestler, “Chuck,” took up the sport when he was just 4 years old. Years later, he found that starting at such a young age paid big dividends because he received a full scholarship to OSU.

That was in the mid-1990s. By April 1999, Chuck said he was “done with the whole place – it wasn’t healthy being there.”

So, he dropped out of school and became a successful entrepreneur – his business is still going strong today.

“I really think Strauss is the reason I wanted to get away from OSU,” he said.

Strauss molested Chuck when he was a freshman, with the resulting trauma leaving him troubled and unable to sleep at night.

“They had to put me on sleeping pills and I ended up hating wrestling,” Chuck said. “Strauss ruined the whole sport for me.”

Chuck’s story starts with his freshman physical. It’s interesting to note that he says, “Everything was out in the open except the interactions with Strauss.”

He went on to say, “They had different stations set-up and different trainers would check you out. The last thing was the physical with Strauss. During my physical, he fondled me way longer than two (hernia) coughs.”

Chuck said he never told anyone what Strauss did to him.

“Strauss had me turn around and touch my toes,” he said. “Then he ran his hands down my spine to my buttocks and he spread my cheeks. I jumped and then I just looked at him – I couldn’t believe it.”

Chuck and the other freshman wrestlers had been forewarned about Strauss, but nothing prepared them for what was to come.

“Everybody in the locker room heard us get the warning,” he said. “We were all told Strauss was a little handsy, but you’re a 130-pound kid wondering, ‘What do they mean it’s not a regular physical?’ We were even told to be prepared to be violated.”

Chuck believes the OSU authorities who knew about Strauss’s ongoing abuse should be punished.

“To put people in that situation and do nothing is wrong,” he said. “They need to set-up strict rules, so this never happens again. It’s hard to talk about it, but we have to.”

Because of the nature of his work, Chuck has a physical every two years.

“I have never had another doctor like Strauss,” he said. “When the Strauss story came out last year, I immediately recalled that my physical with him wasn’t normal. To this day, I don’t know what Strauss could say he was looking for, other than sexual enjoyment.”

Chuck also talked about Strauss’s “3-hour shower” and what he described as the “sickening” atmosphere that flourished at Larkins Hall.

“It got to the point where I wouldn’t shower at Larkins anymore, I went home sweaty,” he said. “You’d see the same people showering at Larkins day in and day out, and homosexual activity going on in the bathrooms. Young kids shouldn’t be exposed to that.”

As a result, Chuck made sure his children were “super-protected” growing up.

“I think what Strauss did was always in the back of my mind, which may be why I never let my kids stay anywhere overnight,” he said. “I taught them to speak up if something doesn’t feel right.”

Chuck broke his back during his junior year, so he left the team and subsequently left the University without graduating.

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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,