Dr. Richard Strauss/The Ohio State University Claims for Alleged Sexual Abuse
The Ohio State University has recently announced an investigation into alleged inappropriate sexual conduct by Dr. Richard Strauss, a physician employed by the University from approximately 1978-1998.
Dr. Strauss regularly saw student athletes from over 14 different sports teams and also saw others at the University’s health centers. In response to the announcement of an investigation, reports of Strauss’s alleged sexual misconduct have begun to surface en masse from a great number of male athletes and students who indicated they were sexually abused, inappropriately touched, fondled and were otherwise victimized by Dr. Strauss, during medical exams and procedures. There are potential allegations against other University employees who may have victimized male athletes and students as well.
OSU has retained an outside law firm to spearhead its investigation into the claims of abuse. This law firm is being compensated by OSU for its efforts. Over 150 former athletes have been contacted.
Many students were impacted by Dr. Strauss’s conduct, but at the time were unsure of how to address the abuse, which was cloaked by Dr. Strauss as necessary medical treatment. Embarrassment of reporting abuse of this nature and/or fear of losing an athletic scholarship inhibited many students from addressing the abuse in the moment, but the residuals of the abuse have lingered on for many. Some students did, however, disclose Strauss’s behaviors to various coaches and administrators at OSU at the time of the abuse. Nonetheless, no action was taken and these reports were met only with institutional indifference by OSU. Dr. Strauss took his own life in 2005.
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