This past April, Ohio State University began an extensive investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against student athletes by the late Dr. Richard Strauss, an attending physician employed at the university between 1978 and 1998. Strauss, who committed suicide in 2005, is beyond the reach of the law.
José Nuñez (age 47) was arrested for the “super aggravated sexual assault” of a 4-year-old girl whose mother is an undocumented immigrant. Nuñez threatened to report the woman to immigration authorities if she filed a complaint about the incident. The arrest took place only after the woman finally sought medical help for her daughter. According to Sheriff Javier Salazar, the sexual abuse may have been going on for years – and Nuñez’ young victim may not be the only one.
In the wake of numerous scandals involving the sexual abuse of young boys, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has announced that it will be ending its 105-year-old association with the Boy Scouts of America, effective December 31, 2019. In the announcement, issued in a joint press release with the BSA last month, the church stated that it has “increasingly felt the need to create and implement a uniform youth leadership and development program that serves its members globally.”
A recent review by the Wall Street Journal reveals that 22 major institutions of higher learning and university systems across the nation paid over $10.5 million in settlements to plaintiffs alleging sexual assault or harassment over a two year period. In most cases, it was not about the acts alone, but rather administrators’ failure to take appropriate action once perpetrators were identified and their misconduct proven.
In 2010, an Oregon jury awarded $18.5 million in damages to former Boy Scout Kerry Lewis, who had been the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of his scoutmaster, Timur Dykes, two-and-a-half decades earlier. At the time, it was the largest amount ever awarded to a single plaintiff in a child abuse lawsuit.
Last week, the Los Angeles Police Department began an in-depth investigation of Dr. George Tyndall, a 71-year-old gynecologist formerly an employee at the University of Southern California. For almost three decades, he worked at the Engemann Student Health Center.