The Ohio State University announced on Friday that more than 100 of their former students have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against a former team doctor.
The university hired a firm to conduct an independent investigation into Richard Strauss after several former wrestlers issued allegations earlier this year saying they were sexually abused or harassed.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">At least 100 former students have reported firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct by former Ohio State University physician Richard Strauss, the university announced. <a href="https://t.co/IFZbBJHLqv">https://t.co/IFZbBJHLqv</a></p>— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) <a href="https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1020360208244264963?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 20, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The firm, Perkins Cole, completed more than 200 interviews with former university students and staff about the sexual misconduct allegations spanning nearly two decades, from 1979 to 1997.
Strauss served in various roles in his two decades at the university, including 10 years as a team doctor. He died in 2005 by suicide.
The result of the independent probes comes just as two lawsuits were filed earlier this week against Ohio State in federal court. One of the lawsuits was filed by four former Ohio State wrestlers who alleged multiple instances of abuse that happened during the 1980s and 1990s. The suit put the estimate of 1,500 to 2,500 male student-athletes possibly being abused during the said period.
Aside from wrestlers, former athletes from 13 other sports including baseball, cheerleading, cross country, fencing, football, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball have also come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Strauss. Former patients at Student Health Services have their own horror stories to tell, too.
Strauss’ abuses were not limited to the campus, as he is also alleged to have abused patients at a private off-campus medical office he established in 1996. The university, in fact, believes that his victims could have included high school-age students while he was still employed at Ohio State.