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More than 170 male students claim former Ohio State University doctor abused them

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More than 170 male students claim former Ohio State University doctor abused them

By Brendan O'Brien

 

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FILE PHOTO: The exterior of a building on The Ohio State University campus is seen in Columbus, Ohio, U.S., August 6, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

 

(Reuters) - More than 170 male students at Ohio State University claimed they were sexually abused by a now-deceased doctor and university officials had knowledge of the abuse but did little about it, a report released by the school on Friday said.

 

Richard Strauss was accused of abusing at least 177 male students when he worked as a physician for the athletic department and the student health centre from 1978 to 1998, the report detailing the findings of a year-long independent investigation said.

 

The report also said school officials knew of the abusive treatment as early as 1979, but complaints were never elevated to the athletics or student health departments until 1996, when the school suspended and ultimately removed Strauss after a "very limited investigation" into a student's claim that he fondled him during an exam.

 

School President Michael Drake apologised to the victims and said "the findings are shocking and painful to comprehend" in a statement announcing the release of the report.

 

"Our institution’s fundamental failure at the time to prevent this abuse was unacceptable — as were the inadequate efforts to thoroughly investigate complaints raised by students and staff members," he said.

 

Similar sex scandals in recent years have embroiled top officials at several major U.S. institutions of higher education, including Penn State University, Michigan State University and the University of Southern California.

 

Ohio State in August said federal authorities opened a civil rights investigation into how school officials responded to the allegations against Strauss, who killed himself in 2005.

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-05-18

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Tug said:

God that’s creepy 

Am I the only person to discern an element of nominative determinism in the association of your name to this story?

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Just now, Longcut said:

How does a grown college student get abused without being a willing participant? 

Either it's rape or it's nothing IMHO

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6 hours ago, Longcut said:

How does a grown college student get abused without being a willing participant? 

 

The Gym Jordan defense.

 

College student/athletes are 17 - 22 years old, away from home for the first time, perhaps abused by HS coaches, many of the abused were holding scholarships, and deferential to those in power.

 

Next up feel free to lecture us on consensual rape.

 

What is it with Big 10 athletic dept doctors? (Larry Nasser) 

 

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, Longcut said:

How does a grown college student get abused without being a willing participant? 

Ask the hundreds at Penn State. 

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Solution to this particular example: Female doctor. No more complaints from male students.

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