Former Ohio State students air claims of sexual abuse by doctor

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Ohio State University trustees heard directly from former students today who testified they were sexually abused by a team doctor, allegations that span the late physician’s two decades at the school.

Seven accusers of Dr. Richard Strauss spoke about how the abuse impacted their lives and requested changes at a trustees’ meeting Friday.

The men demanded justice for the victims of Dr. Strauss and became emotional as they shared details of the abuse.

“We have suffered enough,” one man implored. 

Another man testified that he feared people would perceive him as “not masculine” because of the abuse he suffered.

A man also testified that he complained to the university while the abuse was going on and after it occurred. But he said years later, he received a letter from the university saying Ohio State had never received a complaint.

“OSU robbed me of my ability to confront him.  … I will never have closure,” the man testified.

The board set aside 20 minutes to hear the former students’ stories. Board members stopped the meeting after the men shared their stories and asked to recess the meeting.

Strauss killed himself in 2005. His relatives have said they’re shocked by the allegations first raised in April.

A law firm investigating abuse claims told the university’s governing board Thursday that about 150 former students have given firsthand accounts of alleged sexual misconduct by Strauss between 1979 and 1997.

The last alleged victim who spoke said Ohio State implored the board and the university to stand up for victims of sexual abuse, especially the student-athletes.

“A brand that now produces an $8 billion budget for this university to grow more powerful, to silence more people, to intimidate, retaliate, harass and re-victimize more victims on a daily basis,” a former wrestler said as he implored the board to change university culture and recognize victims of abuse.

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