Richard Strauss

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The Ohio State University in Columbus reached seven additional settlements with survivors July 22 in cases related to sexual abuse committed by former university physician Richard Strauss, according to an OSU news release.

These latest settlements bring the total number of settlements to 296 survivors or more than half of the Plaintiffs, for more than $60 million. The school settled with these seven victims for approximately $247,000 and did not use any taxpayer, tuition or restricted donor funds, the release said.

Strauss was an employed physician at OSU from 1978 to 1998. He died in 2005, according to the article.

“We continue to work toward restorative justice for survivors,” Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson said in release. “This doctor’s conduct was abhorrent, and we are grateful for the survivors’ strength and courage.”

Previous settlements include two through the court-administered mediation process and one through the university’s public settlement program. All male students who filed lawsuits have been offered to opportunity to settle.

All participating plaintiffs will dismiss their claims against the university. As with past settlements, these agreements do not prohibit individuals from talking about Strauss’ abuse publicly.

An independent investigation by Perkins Cole LLP determined that Strauss abused students for more than 20 years and that the Ohio State administration failed to respond appropriately at the time. The university announced the independent investigation after a survivor came out in April 2018, the release said.

Following a yearlong investigation, OSU release a 180-page report in May 2019 that detailed acts of sexual abuse against at least 177 former students.

According to the release, OSU has covered costs of professionally certified counseling services offered by Praesidium beginning in February 2019 and treatment for anyone affected by Strauss. The school continues to commit to resources to prevent and address sexual misconduct including policies, programs, staffing and tools.

To connect with these services or if individuals are at all uncertain about how to proceed and have questions, contact Praesidium at 888-961-9273 or visit bit.ly/3z2VEPf.

Abigail Preiszig is the Linda and Clifford Wolf Editorial Intern at the Columbus Jewish News.