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Ohio State Wrestlers File Sexual Abuse Lawsuit



Four former wrestlers at Ohio State University are taking the school to court. The former students have filed a class-action lawsuit, accusing Ohio State officials of knowing about the inappropriate sexual conduct committed by the wrestling team’s doctor Richard Strauss.  The lawsuit was filed on Monday at a federal court in Columbus, Ohio.

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The lawsuit alleges that the abuse took place over 20 years ago and that OSU school officials were aware of the abuse and took no action. It was previously reported by NBC that the alleged victims were subjected to, “excessive and medically unnecessary, fondling, touching, and groping.”

Former wrestlers from Ohio State are not the only alleged victims of Richard Strauss. It is believed that Dr. Strauss may have abused over 2,000 males across 14 sports. The Daily Beast reports that one of the four ex-wrestler was first abused by Richard Strauss when he was 14 and that his abuse occurred during 50 examinations.

In 1997 a  hearing about the physician’s behavior was held. Not much is known about the hearing except that the doctor left Ohio State after the hearing concluded. One student was asked to testify at the hearing but was too embarressed.

This new development will, without a doubt, keep Congressman Jim Jordan in the hot seat. Jordans has been accused by several Ohio State athlete alum of being fully aware of the abuse committed by Strauss, a development that has led to calls for the Congressman to resign.

The hashtag #JimJordanResign has trended Twitter and Jordan has denied having any knowledge of any abuse that took place at the university. Jordan says that if he had known about any abuse he would have done something to stop the abuse.

Unfortunately, none of the victims will see justice against Doctor Strauss. The alleged abuser committed suicide in 2005. However, the investigation into his alleged crimes is still well underway. Until the investigation has concluded we won’t know the full extent of the doctor’s crimes.