A website run by Survivors, Survivors' Spouses, & Supporters of OSU Survivors.
The OSU Dr. Strauss incident refers to the sexual misconduct scandal involving Dr. Richard Strauss, a former athletic team doctor, and physician at Ohio State University (OSU) from 1978 to 1998. To date, 521 male survivors have come forward saying they were assaulted during his tenure at the university. The abuse took place in various settings, including medical examinations, athletic facilities, and Strauss' off-campus clinic.
OSU has been criticized for its failure to act on numerous complaints and reports against Strauss during that time, which allowed the abuse to continue for years. In response to the investigation, OSU has apologized to the victims and says it has taken steps to implement new policies and procedures to protect students and ensure accountability, all while continuing to fight survivors in court for over five years. The case has sparked a broader conversation about the need for systemic change in institutions to prevent sexual misconduct and prioritize the safety and well-being of students.
THE Ohio State University enabled, concealed, and covered up one of the largest sex abuse scandals in US history.
If you are a Survivor or know one here are resources for sexual assault if you or someone you know needs help:
OSU has obligated to pay for counseling for people who were affected by Strauss. They stated as long as we needed counseling it will be provided. Even if you have sought counseling, you may be able to be reimbused for it by contacting Praesidium
Praesidium’s phone number is 888-961-9273 and additional information may be found at its website: https://website.praesidiuminc.com/wp/osu/
Male sexual assault:
One key resource for male survivors is the organization MenHealing.org. This organization hosts resources for survivors at their website https://menhealing.org/resources-for-survivors/
Sexual Assault local resources:
Sarnco is run through Ohio Health and is local in Columbus Ohio. Their website is: https://www.ohiohealth.com/community-health/sarnco
Sexual Assault Ohio resources:
Ohio Sexual Violence Helpline's website is: https://www.ohiosexualviolencehelpline.com/.
Their phone number is (844) 644-6436.
National Sexual Assault Resources:
Rainn's website is: https://www.rainn.org/about-national-sexual-assault-telephone-hotline. Their phone number is (800) 656-4673.
The last five years have determined that while the University wants to separate itself from past deeds, the playbook for dismissal of survivors hasn't changed.
Records withheld and destroyed, promises broken, lies told, no accountability.
The actions of todays administration leaves little doubt future survivors cases will be handled any differently. It's no longer just about Strauss survivors and the intentional cover up. It's about today's students and the way the University is shamelessly showing they'll never change their abuse approach.
The Ohio State University has worked hard the last five years telling the public this isn't the same University of Dr. Strauss's era. Below are the actions OSU has CHOSEN to take against survivors. Do you see a difference? We don't...
Before we get into the University and how it's treated Survivors of Dr. Strauss the last five years, let's do a recap of just a few stories about the OSU of "today" & Sexual Assault. Keep all this in mind as the University tries to convince the public that Strauss was a single moment from long ago and not a sign of a more systemic issue.
Day one the University released a "clean" personal file on Dr. Strauss and waited for over a year to make any meaningful update on what was uncovered, even though within weeks facts supporting the horrific truth came out. Whether intentional or not this cast doubt on survivors, at the Universities hands. All that remains today is a summary of the Perkins Coie report, to date the full investigation has not been released and OSU has made no commitment to do so. So far the University has self reported over 2,500 assault cases related to Dr. Strauss alone.
OSU offers pennies on the dollar compared to similar cases. The program requires Survivors to agree an NDA related the handling of the Strauss case from 2018 on. The agreement also makes Survivors agree not to request the full Perkins Coie investigative materials. Commitments to include survivors in strategy and transparency has yet to happen.