Potentially more than 177 students have been sexually abused by Dr. Richard Strauss, an Ohio State team doctor. Dr. Strauss molested male athletes for two decades. Coaches, athletic administrators and other team physicians were allegedly complicit in the abuse. Students openly discussed the physician’s examination methods and were fully aware of his presence lingering in the locker rooms, showers and saunas.
Independent investigators reported that Strauss sexually abused at least 177 male students, maybe more. Complaints regarding Strauss fell on deaf ears for years. It wasn’t until a wrestler recently came forward and said that he was victimized that an independent investigation was launched. Ohio State has received reports that Strauss abused athletes in 14 sports.
“By now everyone should understand that it is no coincidence that the same professionals continue to be found to have molested unsuspecting victims. These professionals all hold positions of authority and trust. Specifically, I am referring to physicians, teachers, coaches, clergy, etc.” states Philip Federico, senior partner and founder of Schochor, Federico and Staton.
Increasing in Numbers
Today it is not just the actual physical touching that is occurring, but an increased number of videotaping of unclothed victims. Are these direct and indirect sexual assaults increasing in number or are we just at a point where victims are more willing to come forward?
Regardless, the frequency with which sexual abuse is occurring in this country cannot be ignored. Supervising and monitoring people who are in the best position to commit such crimes is a priority. And holding predators criminally and civilly liable is essential, along with the individuals who are complicit.
Contact the experienced medical malpractice/sexual abuse attorneys at Schochor, Federico and Staton
At Schochor, Federico and Staton, we have won verdicts and negotiated settlements for numerous sexual misconduct cases. The Bradley case involved a Pediatrician in Delaware who sexually abused approximately 1,100 patients over 15 years making 103 video tapes (this case settled for $123M). The Levy case involved an OB/GYN who secretly videotaped 7-8,000 women over 15 years (this case settled for $190M). We also successfully resolved the case of the swimming coach who videotaped her team while in the dressing room and the pastor at a shelter who abused a series of homeless men.
Help us try and put an end to sexual abuse. If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse, contact us today at 410-234-1000 to schedule a free consultation.