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.

Support survivors of Dr. Strauss sexual abuse by sharing your thoughts with the Board of Trustees. Email board members at: board@osu.edu

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,

I’m writing today in support of HB 249. The statute of limitations needs to be changed in order 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. 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 support HB 249 and 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.