Victims, attorneys applaud Ohio Gov. DeWine’s support for sexual abuse victims

Victims and attorneys in the Dr. Richard Strauss sexual abuse case reacted positively today to the news that Gov. Mike DeWine is supporting efforts to change Ohio’s statute of limitations to allow victims’ more time to bring sexual abuse perpetrators and their enablers to justice.

DeWine’s comments came at a news conference Monday that was attended by Brian Garrett, who was victimized by Strauss in 1996.

“I’m pleased Gov. DeWine recognizes that Strauss’ victims have suffered greatly and that action is necessary to reduce the mental health impacts of his abuse,” Garrett said. “We know there are at least 177 victims and – we think there are many more who still haven’t been identified – who didn’t report Strauss’ assaults because of the shame and stigma associated with sexual abuse.”

The governor noted in his comments that sexual abuse is often under-reported.

Mr. Garrett is a plaintiff in an OSU/Strauss class action lawsuit that is scheduled to go to mediation on June 15.

“We expect OSU to come to the table prepared to fully compensate these victims for the harm that was caused by the university’s failure to protect its students from Dr. Strauss,” attorney Steve Estey said. “We look forward to Gov. DeWine’s leadership to eliminate the statute of limitations for sex-related crimes.”