ECBAWM Files Third Lawsuit Against The Ohio State University for Its Role in Facilitating and Concealing Sexual Assaults
- June 29, 2021
ECBAWM has filed a lawsuit against The Ohio State University (“OSU”) on behalf of 29 survivors of sexual assault by former team doctor Richard Strauss.
The plaintiffs in Moxley v. OSU include Timothy Moxley, who was abused by Strauss first multiple times as a high school student at a wrestling camp held on OSU’s campus and then again as a student athlete at OSU, and 28 other men who were sexually assaulted, abused, molested, and harassed by Strauss while he was employed by OSU.
A 2019 investigation commissioned by OSU and conducted by the law firm Perkins Coie uncovered at least 177 abuse survivors and concluded that OSU had repeatedly failed to investigate or address complaints about Strauss.
Several months later, a report commissioned by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine also concluded that OSU failed to protect or inform students – even after the school was notified in 1996 by the State Medical Board about Strauss’ conduct. Instead of working to identify other students who had been abused by Strauss, as OSU told the State Medical Board it would, the school instead destroyed the health care records of students who had been examined by Strauss.
OSU previously admitted that Strauss committed 47 rapes and 1,429 sexual assaults of student-patients while employed by OSU.