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USOhio State 'Rolled Out The Welcome Mat' For Accused Sexual Predator Dr. Richard Strauss

03:35  22 may  2019
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Ohio State is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct committed by a former wrestling team doctor during a tenure with the university that lasted A physician on the faculty at Ohio State from 1978 through 1998, Dr . Richard Strauss treated student-athletes from several sports, worked at the

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- On paper, Richard Strauss was a well-regarded Ohio State University physician who examined young athletes for decades as a In interviews with The Associated Press in recent weeks, seven former athletes and a former nursing student shared detailed allegations of sexual

Ohio State 'Rolled Out The Welcome Mat' For Accused Sexual Predator Dr. Richard Strauss© AP Investigators say Dr. Richard Strauss sexually assaulted at least 177 students over two decades at Ohio State University. Sexual abuse survivors of former Ohio State University athletic trainer Dr. Richard Strauss are demanding action from the school after it released the conclusions of an independent yearlong investigation on Friday.

“As traumatic as it is to relive Dr. Strauss’ abuse this week, I am also traumatized by the dismissive way that OSU continues to treat me and other survivors to this day,” Steve Snyder-Hill, former OSU graduate and survivor, said in a statement to HuffPost.

“This report still doesn’t tell us how many students Dr. Strauss abused, exactly who in the Athletic Department and the broader administration knew about his abuse, or what OSU is doing to make sure this can never happen again,” he continued. “The school likes to say that this is ‘a different OSU’ but, until it makes clear and accepts responsibility for the full scope of what happened and how, there is no reason to believe that.”

Ohio State officials failed to act as doctor abused 177 athletes over nearly two decades

Ohio State officials failed to act as doctor abused 177 athletes over nearly two decades Investigators from Perkins Coie, the law firm that was picked to conduct the independent investigation, reported that "Strauss sexually abused at least 177 male student-patients." "We find that University personnel had knowledge of Strauss' sexually abusive treatment of male student-patients as early as 1979, but the complaints about Strauss' conduct were not elevated beyond the Athletics Department of Student Health until 1996," the report states. Meanwhile, Ohio State president Michael Drake apologized on behalf of the university to the victims.

The family of Richard Strauss , a former Ohio State team doctor accused by athletes of sexual misconduct, says it is cooperating with the school's They described how Strauss fondled them during medical exams and ogled naked young men, sometimes showering among athletes multiple times a

More than 100 people have now accused Dr . Richard Strauss of abuse, Ohio State says. A new federal lawsuit claims Ohio State University received multiple warnings alleging a former team doctor sexually abused students.

Adele Kimmel, an attorney who represents 60 of the nearly 200 public victims, told reporters during a Tuesday call that the report reflects just how badly the university failed its students.

“Scores of Ohio State employees knew about Strauss’ abuse and did nothing to stop it,” she said. “Parents have come to expect that if a sexual predator like Strauss moved in next door to their home, authorities would alert them to that situation. In stark contrast, Ohio State essentially rolled out the welcome mat for Strauss and gave him a platform to advertise for his next victims when the university knew he was sexually abusing young men.”

The report, conducted by the law firm Perkins Coie, found that Strauss sexually abused at least 177 students over the course of his two-decade career at Ohio State. The investigation also concluded that university employees were aware of complaints and rumors about Strauss’ conduct as early as 1979 but did not take action.

Report shocks, angers some of Ohio State doc's 177 victims

Report shocks, angers some of Ohio State doc's 177 victims A report on decades of sexual abuse by a team doctor for Ohio State University could cost the school by corroborating lawsuits brought by victims who say leaders knew and did nothing.

Former Ohio State wrestlers that claim to be victims of sexual abuse by Ohio State team doctor Richard Strauss also claim that Congressman Jim Jordan knew of the abuse during his time as an assistant on the Ohio State wrestling team, according to NBC Time.

Over 100 former Ohio State students have accused former physician Richard Strauss of sexual misconduct, the school announced on Friday. The allegations against Strauss , who committed suicide in 2005, were made by male athletes from 14 different sports, as well as patients who saw the doctor

Strauss served as Ohio State’s clinical and medical faculty member from 1978 to 1998. During that time he also served as the athletics team physician from 1981-1995, having access to more than 16 sports teams. He is accused of sexually abusing at least 177 male students during his tenure at Ohio State.

Strauss died by suicide in 2005, but the investigation into his alleged actions is ongoing.

Snyder-Hill and fellow survivor Ron McDaniel, along with their attorneys, agreed that the recent report published by OSU lacked transparency and action. “This report is kind of a joke,” McDaniel said.

With the support of 60 other victims of Strauss, McDaniel and Snyder-Hill called for OSU to meet five demands including that the school release records revealing the total number of male students Strauss examined during his time at OSU. Survivors also demanded that OSU publicly encourage all victims of Strauss to come forward, and asked that OSU release the names of coaches, assistant coaches and trainers who knew of Strauss’ misconduct while it was going on and did nothing to stop it. The group also demanded that OSU release where else Strauss saw his patients, including local middle and high schools.

Attorneys: Ohio State needs to reveal who knew about abuse

Attorneys: Ohio State needs to reveal who knew about abuse Lawyers representing many of the men who say they were sexually abused by a now-dead Ohio State team doctor say the university should release the names of coaches and others who allegedly knew about the abuse but didn't act. They also want to know how Ohio State will handle similar allegations in the future. A report released last week said Dr. Richard Strauss sexually abused at least 177 male students. Ohio State's president has apologized and says the university has changed.

Dr . Richard Strauss in an undated file photo. Ohio State University via AP. The four wrestlers, whose names were not listed in the lawsuit, say Strauss sexually assaulted or harassed them in the late 1980s or 1990s. The university in April announced that independent investigators were looking into

Ohio State 's investigation into Richard Strauss has expanded, with details now coming out that he ran a private medical office. Before Strauss left on unclear terms, an unidentified Ohio State athlete said he was asked by his coach to testify against Strauss in a hearing.

“This is one of the biggest sex abuse scandals in U.S. history, yet the report only scratches the surface,” attorney Ilann Maazel said in a statement to HuffPost.

“How many hundreds or thousands of OSU students did Dr. Strauss abuse? What are the names of all the OSU coaches, trainers and administrators who knew about the abuse and did nothing? What will OSU do to make these survivors whole?” Maazel continued. “It’s time for a full reckoning at this university.”

When asked if he believes if Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) knew of the abuse while he was an assistant wrestling coach at the school, McDaniel answered definitively.

“I was on the tennis team so we practiced in a different location [than the wrestling team],” said McDaniel, a former tennis player who attended OSU in the early 1980s. “I can’t really speak to his exact whereabouts or what he knew but he knew.”

Snyder-Hill added that he believes every administrator who was at the university at the time was “somewhat culpable” for Strauss’ abuse.

Last July, several former wrestlers accused Jordan of ignoring the sexual abuse accusations against Strauss when Jordan was the assistant wrestling coach from the mid-1980s to early 1990s.

Football players sue Ohio State over team doctor sex abuse

Football players sue Ohio State over team doctor sex abuse Thirty-seven former Ohio State athletes, including over two dozen football players, have filed a new lawsuit alleging the university disregarded concerns about a team doctor who sexually abused young men for years.The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday comes after an investigation concluded Richard Strauss abused at least 177 young men between 1979 and 1997.The new case echoes claims from dozens of alumni in other lawsuits and identifies only one plaintiff by name: ex-wrestler Michael DiSabato, whose allegations helped prompt the investigation. He declined to comment on the lawsuit.The athletes'

Dr . Strauss instructed Plaintiff to drop his pants so he could examine Plaintiff’s scrotum for a hernia. Plaintiff was young and believed that Dr . Strauss ’ The Goodman scandal alone could have been enough to force Jordan out of Congress. In April, Elizabeth Esty, a Democratic representative from

SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' A.J. Perez discusses the details surrounding the sexual abuse claims against former Ohio State team doctor Richard Strauss . USA TODAY.

“I considered Jim Jordan a friend. But at the end of the day, he is absolutely lying if he says he doesn’t know what was going on,” former Ohio State wrestler Mike DiSabato told NBC News in an investigative report published last year.

Jordan claimed vindication after the investigation was published on Friday, pointing to a section that concluded the report “did not identify any contemporaneous documentary evidence that members of the OSU coaching staff, including head coaches or assistant coaches, received or were aware of complaints regarding Strauss sexual misconduct.”

The investigation, however, also found that 22 former OSU coaches reported that they were aware of complaints and rumors against Strauss from the 1970s through the 1990s. Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach between 1987 and 1995.

Need help? Visit RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Online Hotline or the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s website.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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