Survivor Stories of Dr. Strauss Sexual Abuse2018-12-11T12:02:34+00:00

Stories of OSU – Dr. Strauss Sexual Abuse

Support OSU Sexual Assault Survivors

On Friday, November 16th, survivors of Dr. Strauss sexual abuse addressed the Ohio State Board of Trustees with their personal stories. Listen and tell the OSU Board of Trustees to do the right thing for Dr. Strauss’s victims. Their email is: board@osu.edu

Breaking the silence to hold Ohio State accountable.

OSU Strauss Wrestling Sex Abuse

Abused repeatedly by team doctor Richard Strauss, fed up former wrestler quit the team

“A week after I proposed to my wife, Dr. Strauss sexually assaulted me,” John said. “But instead of returning to the mat for the Big Ten Championships, I walked out the door and never went back. My dream-turned-nightmare was over.”

OSU Tennis Strauss Sex Abuse

Retired OSU tennis coach used Dr. Richard Strauss as a weapon against players

A former Ohio State varsity tennis player says there’s no doubt that retired Coach John Daly knew Dr. Richard Strauss was abusing players. “I remember Coach smirking when Strauss’s name came up – he knew what was going on,” Gregory said. “In fact, if players didn’t behave their punishment would be to go see Dr. Strauss.”

OSU Diving Strauss

‘I said no, but he wouldn’t stop,’ former Ohio State diver says

Robert was so traumatized by Dr. Richard Strauss’s abuse that he sought help from a therapist to learn how to trust again. But all he got was a list of OSU-provided services for sexual abuse victims who live in Ohio. Robert lives in Florida and hopes to overcome his trust issues, so he can form long-lasting and loving relationships going forward. Read Robert’s story here.

OSU Strauss Gymnast Victim

OSU team doctor Richard Strauss was known as ‘Mr. Clean,’ former gymnast says

When many sports teams finished their daily practice at Ohio State, athletes would head to their locker rooms for a shower and, more often than not, team doctor Richard Strauss was right there with them. “He was taking 4-5 showers a day within an hour or two of each other and with different sports teams,” James recalls in this story.

Strauss OSU Sex Abuse Glove

Lasting impacts: Ex-Ohio State swimmer hasn’t had a physical in more than 35 years

Kent Kilgore was excited to enter Ohio State in 1981 with a partial swimming scholarship, but shortly after arriving on campus he went for a physical with Dr. Richard Strauss, which proved to be a life-changing experience. Kent recalls that Strauss “snapped his gloves” and looked him over, up and down. “That’s when I knew something strange was going on,” he said. “When I walked out, the older swimmers all had their heads bowed down. A few said, ‘Sorry about that. Welcome to the team.’ Read Kent’s story.

OSU Strauss Wrestling Sex Abuse

Ex-Wrestler: OSU Allowed Athlete Sexual Abuse

A former Ohio State wrestler is going public with his story to encourage the Ohio legislature to change the statute of limitations, so he and other former athletes can proceed with their class action lawsuit. “Donald” says there is no difference between himself, the other male victims and what happened to the young women at Michigan State.  Read more about Donald’s abuse by Dr. Strauss.

OSU Strauss Hockey Sex Abuse Victim

Former OSU Hockey Player Comes Forward

Over the years, Thomas told his story to family and friends, which helped him bury his emotions. But his feelings bubbled to the surface recently when he was interviewed by investigators from a law firm that was hired to look into the Strauss allegations. It is a reminder of how much these incidents scarred him. Read more about Thomas’ experiences with Dr. Strauss.

Brian Garrett

Brian’s Story

Brian is one of hundreds of brave survivors who have come forward to demand accountability from OSU. As a result of the sexual abuse perpetrated by Dr. Richard Strauss, Brian Garrett continues to live with the ramifications of Ohio State’s failure to protect students from Dr. Strauss. Read more about what Brian is experiencing today.


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.