Ohio State ex-athletes try to name what a doctor did to them
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Nearly a dozen former male athletes and students at Ohio State University have now come forward to publicly say they were groped and fondled decades ago by a now-dead team doctor.
Many of the men are just starting to confront what they experienced even though it happened in the 1980s and ’90s.
Some say they’re still not sure whether what they went through was sexual abuse or something else.
FILE – This undated file photo shows a photo of Dr. Richard Strauss. About a dozen former male athletes and students at Ohio State University now are saying publicly that they were groped and fondled decades ago by Strauss, who is now dead. Many of the men now in their 40s and 50s are just starting to acknowledge and confront what they experienced. Some say they’re still not sure whether what they went through was sexual abuse or something else, but that they now it was more than just weird and uncomfortable. (Ohio State University via AP, File)
One former wrestler at Ohio State says some of his teammates were more bothered by it at the time, but he now understands why they complained back then.
The university says the investigation into Richard Strauss now involves more than 100 former students who’ve told investigators accounts of sexual misconduct by the doctor.
FILE – In this July 3, 2018, file photo, Brian Garrett speaks during an interview at his home in Powell, Ohio. Garrett said he both witnessed and experienced sexual abuse by Strauss while handling administrative work at the doctor’s off-campus clinic briefly in 1996. He later paid for counseling a couple of times but did not tell others, not even his wife. It wasn’t until this year that he learned it wasn’t isolated. (AP Photo/Mike Householder, File)
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