Ohio State to Offer Counseling to Abuse Victims

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In the wake of decades-old abuse allegations against a former team doctor, Ohio State is pledging to provide free counseling services to victims.

The Associated Press reports that the school is working with a company called Praesidium to help victims of the now deceased Dr. Richard Strauss. Praesidium will help alums who were allegedly groped or otherwise made victims of sexual misconduct during the period of 1979 to 1997, during Strauss’ tenure at Ohio State. Male athletes from at least 16 sports, as well as patrons at his off-campus medical office and the student health center are all involved in the allegations.

Meanwhile, in two ongoing lawsuits against Ohio State, dozens of plaintiffs have claimed that the school ignored or failed to stop Strauss’ sexual misconduct. Attorneys for those plaintiffs have applauded the offer of counseling, while also saying it’s too little, too late.

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