(Reuters) – Almost 180 males who attended Ohio State College declare they have been sexually abused greater than 20 years in the past by a now-deceased physician, and college employees who knew of the abuse did not act, a report launched by the college on Friday mentioned.
Dr. Richard Strauss was accused of abusing a minimum of 177 male college students when he labored as a doctor for the college’s athletic division and the scholar well being middle from 1978 to 1998, the report mentioned, detailing the findings of a year-long unbiased investigation.
Workers members knew of the abuse as early as 1979, however complaints have been by no means elevated to directors and senior officers of the athletics or scholar well being departments till 1996. At the moment, the college suspended and in the end eliminated Strauss after a “very restricted investigation” right into a scholar’s declare that the physician fondled him throughout an examination, the report mentioned.
College President Michael Drake apologized to the victims and mentioned in an announcement, “The findings are stunning and painful to understand.”
“Our establishment’s elementary failure on the time to forestall this abuse was unacceptable — as have been the insufficient efforts to completely examine complaints raised by college students and employees members,” he mentioned.
Related intercourse scandals lately have embroiled high officers at a number of main U.S. establishments of upper schooling, together with Penn State College, Michigan State College and the College of Southern California.
Ohio State in August mentioned federal authorities opened a civil rights investigation into how faculty officers responded to the allegations towards Strauss, who killed himself in 2005.
College alumnus Kent Kilgore, who says that he’s a sufferer, mentioned he desires the college to take full duty.
“Desires have been damaged, relationships with family members have been broken, and the hurt now carries over to our kids as many people have turn into so overprotective that it strains the connection with our children,” Kilgore mentioned on a web site arrange for victims.
Ohio State mentioned in April 2018 it had launched an investigation after a sufferer got here ahead with allegations.
A gaggle of the previous college students who declare Strauss abused them have filed two federal lawsuits towards Ohio State, accusing the college of ignoring and failing to cease Strauss, in keeping with native media reviews.
Ohio State mentioned it has arrange a reporting system and counseling companies for victims of sexual abuse and now requires sexual misconduct prevention schooling for all college students, school and employees, the college mentioned.
Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago; Enhancing by Matthew Lewis and Cynthia Osterman